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Marmite Banned in Denmark — Added Vitamins Bad?

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added vitamins

You may have heard this headline today about how Marmite in being banned in Denmark. The reason might seem a bit surprising. Denmark has a strict sales ban on products fortified with added vitamins. This law was passed back in 2004 – and many Kellogg’s cereals were pulled from Denmark – cereals are very well known for being “fortified” with vitamins and minerals. But for some reason, Marmite has slipped through the legeslative cracks – until now. Denmark citizens will no longer be able to buy the beloved fortified yeast spread Marmite. Well, loved by many, hated by many as well. Marmite banned. And towers of slices of toast whimper..

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nutritional yeast label

Marmite. Marmite fans are devoted. And even Marmite-similar products have found worldwide appeal – you may (or may not) have heard of the intense battle between Marmite and Vegemite fans. Marmite being basically, the original British version of  Vegemite. Vegemite is found in Australia and New Zealand. Both are spreads made from yeast extract and highly fortified with B vitamins.

However, Marmite is well known for its B12 vitamins – perfect for those who may be vegan or vegetarian and need an extra boost of B12. B12 is a vitamin found only in animal products (naturally). So maybe Denmark is in fact hurting its vegetarian citizens who may need that extra boost of vitamins.

Marmite Uprising. One visit to the Marmite website and you will see that most folks either “love it” or “hate it” – according to the brand itself. And from the amount of controversy that this ban has ignited – I’d say, many folks in Denmark, love it.

Fortified Vitamins: Bad? I guess the big question is why would Denmark want to ban products with added vitamins? I think most of us read a cereal box label or a nutrition bar label and when we see added vitamins – that’s a good thing! Or is it? Denmark certainly doesn’t think so. So it will be interesting to see how this nutrition/health discrepancy in Denmark pans out worldwide.

What do you think? Should Denmark ban Marmite?

Have you tried Marmite: love it or hate it?

USA Yeast. You may have heard of nutritional yeast here in the USA. Many vegetarians live for the cheezy, flaky stuff packed with vitamins – including B12. And many have compared the flavor to Marmite or Vegemite. Well as a nutritional yeast fan myself, I could certainly see being quite upset if it was banned. Thank goodness.

Babble Feature: Can Genetically-Modified Food Really Be Avoided?

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