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10 Astonishing Benefits of Marmite That Will Turn Your Hatred Into Love

10 Astonishing Benefits of Marmite That Will Turn Your Hatred Into Love

It’s brown, vegetarian and made from yeast extract! If you’re British or a New Zealander, it is most probably an essential part of your diet. Discovered by German scientist, Justus Leibig, in 1902, Marmite began to gain popularity when vitamins were uncovered and their benefits were told to the public. Owing to its high nutritional significance, it was not only parts of the First World War soldiers’ ration packs but also in the 1930’s, Lucy Wills, an English scientist found that the folic acid in Marmite could be used to treat anemia.

Even in the 21st century, Marmite still retains its popularity. In 2011, when Sanitarium, Marmite’s core manufacturer in New Zealand, shut down due to Christchurch quake, the prime minister had to appear on television urging the public to stay calm. New Zealanders had been unable to stock up on local made Marmite and in such desperate times used internet auction sites to acquire it. They even named this period of crisis ‘marmageddon’.

Now, scientists have labelled it the latest “superfood” because of its nutritional value. Marmite contains a few simple ingredients: yeast extract, salt, vegetable extract, spices, and vitamins (B1B2B3B9B12). Marmite is gluten free, high in vitamins, vegetarian and low in calories, providing nearly 50% of the recommended daily allowance for folic acid per serving. It is popular to eat it spread paper thin on toast or to eat it paired with cheese or butter.

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Marmite is well known for evoking a love or hate reaction amongst people. Here are ten astonishing benefits of Marmite that will turn your hatred into love.

1. It is healthy

It is gluten-free, vegetarian and low in calories. One serving can easily contain up to 36 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin B3, it also provides 50 percent of your folic acid and 17 per cent of your thiamin – a substance that helps to protect your nervous system. It also contains iodine which helps to speed up the absorption of iron.

2. It can replace B vitamin supplements

B vitamins are essential for good liver and kidney function, and they help protect the nervous system. Marmite is an easy and cheap way of taking these B vitamins and if consumed daily can easily replace supplements.

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3. It is Eco friendly

Marmite itself is a by-product of yeast, thus, its effect on the environment on a broader scale is not dangerous. The containers can easily be washed and used for other purposes in the household.

4. It is more economical than other spreads

Since Marmite has a concentrated flavor, it is best to consume it in very small amounts, some people spread it thinly on toast while some prefer to mix it with butter to dilute its taste.

5. Its bottles can be creatively used

Marmite containers are a glass or plastic replica of the original Marmite pots that were used to sell Marmite in the early 1900’s. The Marmite jars can be washed and put to use in several ways: they can be used to put in loose change and tea or can be decorated so they can be given as gifts.

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6. It might help keep mosquitoes away

This may sound shocking, but according to the Guardian, the Sun, BBC and the Daily Telegraph, that yeast goodness can help in the defense against mosquito.

7. It is local

Marmite, unlike other spreads, uses local ingredients wherever it may be produced. In UK, it makes use of brewer’s yeast – a by-product of the brewing industry – which is made from dried malt barley.

8. It can be consumed different ways

Marmite does not have to be limited to be eaten as a spread. It can be drunk, mixed in stews and soups, used as a seasoning for food and even used in sweet dishes. There are so many possibilities with Marmite that it has inspired a cookbook for itself.

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9. It is a good hangover cure

Popular in Sri Lanka, mix Marmite in hot water. Add lime juice and fried sliced onion to complete this recipe.

10. It isn’t only a spread

Other products in the range are Marmite Mini Cheddar Bites, Marmite crisps, Marmite jumbo rice cakes and Marmite flavored oven-baked cashew nuts.

Featured photo credit: Philip Base via flickr.com

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Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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