It seems somewhat open to question whether Marmite (a yeast extract based spread from the UK) is truly gluten-free or not but the preponderance of sites seem to say so (at least for Marmite made in the UK), including Wikipedia.
That said, is there anything else that would make Marmite non-paleo?
Its ingredients are listed as follows: Yeast extract, salt, vegetable extract, niacin, thiamin, spice extracts (contains celery), riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B12.
If it is, then I'd recommend it to those who haven't tried it, as a dressing for eggs or a cooking 'sauce' in its own right (it's more typically eaten with toast in the UK).
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on May 23, 2011
at 05:28 AM
Does it matter? Marmite is nasty stuff!
(Two years in boarding school in UK, and people used to sneak it into the jam on my toast when I went to get more tea, just to see me make faces...yuck)
- Yank hates marmite (and weetabix, for that matter, which also is not paleo)
on May 01, 2012
at 11:25 AM
Never liked marmite or marmalade I was a lemon curd on toast addict as a kid
on May 25, 2011
at 08:14 AM
Just out of interest since this is a Marmite thread, it has just been reported that Denmark has banned Marmite from all of its stores (along with a few other foodstuffs - I use the term loosely in some cases :) because it/they are fortified with vitamins, various B vits and folic acid in Marmite's case.
The idea is that the Danish Government doesn't want its people to exceed the daily recommended amounts of vitamins which, apparently, they may do if they eat nothing but these items 24 hours a day! Would have thought the salt content would have got them long before the extra vitamins. Besides, B vitamins are flushed from your system regularly since they are water soluble.
Other items on the banned list include Vegemite (the Australian version of Marmite), Horlicks and Ovaltine (British, hot beverages with malt/chocolate etc.), Farleys Rusks, and various Kelloggs cereals.
on May 23, 2011
at 12:55 AM
I edited my post because I believe this explains it better than I did in my own words:
How do truly natural glutamic acid and manufactured glutamic acid (MSG) differ?
Glutamic acid is an amino acid found in abundance in both plant and animal protein. In humans it is a non-essential amino acid, i.e., the body is capable of producing its own glutamic acid, and is not dependent upon getting glutamic acid from ingested food.
Glutamate is glutamic acid to which a mineral ion has been attached. (Researchers call this mineral ion a ???salt???.) If the mineral ion is sodium, the glutamic acid becomes sodium glutamate. If the mineral ion is potassium, the glutamic acid becomes potassium glutamate.
In addition to its role as a building block of protein, glutamic acid serves as a neurotransmitter vital to the transmission of nerve impulses in many parts of the central nervous system. Under certain circumstances, glutamic acid becomes a neurotoxin, causing neuron degeneration and cell death which may be followed by neuroendocrine disorders.
When protein is digested, the glutamic acid in that protein is released for use in the body. If there is need, additional glutamic acid can be synthesized from other amino acids contained in ingested protein. If an individual never ingested protein with glutamic acid in it, that individual could synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for body function from other amino acids. The human brain is also capable of synthesizing glutamic acid according to its metabolic needs, from endogenous materials. Glutamic acid is referred to as a non-essential amino acid because a healthy human can manufacture/synthesize all the glutamic acid needed for normal body function from other amino acids.
What is MSG?
MSG is glutamic acid that has been produced outside of the human (or animal) body. But when glutamic acid is produced or created in this way (outside of the human body), it differs significantly from the glutamic acid found in unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein or released from unadulterated, unprocessed, unfermented protein during digestion. Glutamic acid found normally in the human body (and in all higher organisms) is glutamic acid in the L form, i.e., L-glutamic acid. Glutamic acid that is produced outside of the human body is made up of L-glutamic acid and an array of unwanted by-products often referred to as impurities. L-glutamic acid produced outside of the human body is always accompanied by impurities such as D-glutamic acid and pyroglutamic acid; and when L-glutamic acid is produced by way of acid hydrolysis, carcinogenic mono and dichloro propanols inevitably accompany it.
All manufactured free amino acids are accompanied by impurities. The fact that glutamate produced outside of the human body is categorized as food grade or pharmaceutical grade (99% pure) attests to the fact that impurities always accompany amino acids produced outside the body.
MSG fed to the very young has been shown to cause brain damage and subsequent learning, behavior, and endocrine disorders such as reproductive disorders and gross obesity. Ingestion of MSG by people of all ages will cause adverse reactions when people ingest amounts that exceed their individual tolerance levels. Eating protein (which will contain bound glutamic acid that is L-glutamic acid, only) does not cause either brain damage or adverse reactions.
on May 22, 2011
at 05:28 PM
I think that the controversy probably stems from the fact that Marmite is derived from brewer's yeast, which is not gluten free when a by-product of beer, although can often be when created from sugar or other coeliac friendly sources. If you're unsure, I suggest getting in touch with the company - most large brands will be more than happy to provide you with this sort of information.
However, from a more general Paleo perspective Marmite is best avoided (or at least not consumed regularly) as yeast extract is very high in free glutamates, an MSG analogue which some believe acts as a neuro-excitotoxin/has other undesireable effects.
on February 18, 2013
at 01:19 PM
Love Marmite, on toast, with cheese, Marmite sandwich with carrot and celery sticks ... No bread, no Marmite, I guess.
on May 01, 2012
at 07:37 PM
all that being said above..if you really love it and want to eat it and it..go ahead!! it is your life..and I mean that. no guru would tell me NOT to eat what I want. the choice always belongs to the one eating..and no one else.The paleo gurus are "human" just like you and I and the rest of the world.
the idea is a healthy eating platform..you don't need to get fundamentalist over it..>>anyone!
some paleo gurus won't give up their wine/spirits..they each have it tuned to their own ideas..you are free to make your own too..
on May 01, 2012
at 03:39 PM
I asked this question on another paleo site and I got a resounding "no it's not paleo, and you're an idiot because you didn't know." I'm not calling you an idiot, but look it up on wikipedia. It's just about the most processed thing in existence.
on May 01, 2012
at 01:25 PM
Marmite is definitely not paleo (from a puritanistic or sensible paleo angle). It's made from yeast. Our ancestors most certainly did not farm yeast. Even neolithic advances in fermentation relied on wild fermentation for a very long time.
However, I also use nutritional yeast on occasion. It's technically not paleo at all, but is a good source of protein and vitamins. Marmite may also be fortified IIRC, so it may have a different vitamin profile than pure yeast.
If you enjoy it, I wouldn't worry about it being paleo or not -- it's close enough. :-)
on May 24, 2011
at 05:11 AM
I found a FAQ on marmite at truthinlabeling.com, I hope this helps too: