Larry Greenly wrote:It's an odd reason that it's banned. It's because it contains folate and, in the U.S., folate can be added only to breads and cereals. The rationale is that the folate can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency.
I'm sure there still some on shelves. And what about Marmite, which is similar? I've eaten Marmite, which I rather liked, on crackers--but it's an acquired taste.
I don't understand. Folate isn't added to Vegemite--it's a natural constituent of the sticky mess, no? And last time I looked, folic acid (i.e., folate) was prized as a supplement for expectant mothers, to prevent spina bifida.
So now it's being banned because it masks perinicous anemia (cobalamin [B12] intrinsic factor deficiency)? Well, la-di-da--B12 is a component of all major multivitamins.
This case against Vegemite looks even more feeble than the "weapons of mass destruction" argument that led us to go into Iraq.