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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

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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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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