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#327626 - Mon Oct 23 2006 05:43 AM Americans Ban Vegemite
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. . . and this is meant to encourage stronger links with the USA ??

Vegemite Ban
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#327627 - Mon Oct 23 2006 05:49 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Ah, so the Americans have some sense.
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#327628 - Mon Oct 23 2006 05:54 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I feel very sorry for all those home sick Australia's that can't get their daily fix of Vegemite!

I find it unbelievable that people hate Vegemite! Vegemite is the only thing that goes on my toast

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#327629 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:01 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I wonder if they also ban Marmite.
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#327630 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:05 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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What is the difference between Marmite and Vegemite?

I know they have a different taste, and different companies??, but what is the big difference?

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#327631 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:19 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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As an American I have to say that I like vegemite. Quite a lot, actually. But I also have to say that (when a kind soul sent me some from Australia - it's next to impossible to find where I live) every person I insisted try it over here just hated it. Truth is, most spit it out in a hurry.
The USA is very obsessed with sweets and such. Vegemite is too salty for most, I reckon. To the majority of Americans, though, I doubt if anyone'd notice it being "off the shelf". It's just not the sort of thing that people like over here, sad to say.
We're an odd bunch. Nobody likes anchovies either on this side of the world. I do.


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#327632 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:25 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Gatsby, dear Gatsby, what about Marmite, have you never tried that?


Edited by sue943 (Mon Oct 23 2006 06:43 AM)
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#327633 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:41 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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They surely could not ban Marmite.... there would be an international incident.
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#327634 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:50 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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What is the difference between Marmite and Vegemite?




Ooooer, lots! Marmite was the original product then a company in Australia jumped on the bandwagon, actually GAVE their stuff away for free to get people accustomed to Vegemite instead of Marmite.

Here is a link

This tells you about them giving the stuff away!


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#327635 - Mon Oct 23 2006 08:56 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Well hold on folks, could be we may well lose Marmite, too. I found this article which states there is folate in Marmite.
Marmite

I wonder if someone complained about Vegemite and so the goverment decided to get tough. You know, like one of those laws where it is not enforced unless someone complains?

How long before this is discovered?


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#327636 - Mon Oct 23 2006 09:23 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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New Zealand Marmite is slightly different, UK Marmite has folic acid which I think is the synthetic form of folate.

http://www.marmite.co.uk/love/nutrition/ingredients.html

Folate: What is it?
Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods [1].

http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/folate.asp#h1
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#327637 - Mon Oct 23 2006 09:33 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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So which tastes better Sue, NZ Marmite or UK Marmite?

By the way, I have tried Vegemite. Yuck -- can't say that I'll miss it. Have not found Marmite though.

Edited to add: Now I'm confused. We cannot add Folate to anything other than breads and cereals. Yet Folic Acid is sold as a vitamin supplement.

So other than Folate being "natural" and Folic Acid being the imposter, what is the difference? Folic Acid is one of the B vitamins I take every day. It is also in multivitamins. What's the deal?


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#327638 - Mon Oct 23 2006 09:52 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Bount to be the UK version, the original Marmite. I assume the New Zealand one ight be made to be similar to that other product made downunder.

It seems to only be the addition of the natural folate which is banned.
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#327639 - Mon Oct 23 2006 01:54 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Oh ho..I guess we'll have those Americans who need their fix coming to Canada, just like they do for our prescription drugs.
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#327640 - Mon Oct 23 2006 03:08 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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That is just stupid. What's wrong with vegemite? It's one the best spreads in the world. This makes me so mad. It's blatant disrespect for the Australian culture. If people want to eat vegemite in the USA, it should be allowed, as much as it is here in Australia.
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#327641 - Mon Oct 23 2006 04:00 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Seeing that these two spreads aren't that popular here in the states, I had never heard of Vegemite till I started playing on this site. I am still not 100% what it is like, and now this post is the first I've ever heard of Marmite.

Okay, I've admitted my ignorance. So, what exactly do these two contain and taste like, and how hard were they to find here before the ban?
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#327642 - Mon Oct 23 2006 04:47 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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As an American I have to say that I like vegemite. Quite a lot, actually. But I also have to say that . . . every person I insisted try it over here just hated it. Truth is, most spit it out in a hurry. The USA is very obsessed with sweets and such. Vegemite is too salty for most, I reckon.




Lol at Gats! Most people don't know how to spread Vegemite (let alone use it in cooking) and I must admit it is an acquired taste! We Aussies grow up with it and I love it! My American partner got his first taste when I sent him some (via internet order) . . . he made his toast and spread the Vegemite on thinly . . . but forgot the butter (margarine)! Next time round he said it tasted much better when he buttered the toast first!

If the Americans are serious about the effects of folate, all they need do is compare the health of 30 odd million Aussies against their health record . . . it can't be that bad for us, really!
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#327643 - Mon Oct 23 2006 05:00 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I've never actually tried Vegemite, but did eventually acquire a taste for Marmite. My mother (who is English) loves Marmite. Oddly enough, so does my cat...

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#327644 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:11 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Lol . . . thinking about it, both my dog and my cat eat Vegemite (reckon it's the salt) too . . .
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#327645 - Mon Oct 23 2006 06:43 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I feel very sorry for all those home sick Australia's that can't get their daily fix of Vegemite!



How many extra planes will be leaving to bring the Aussies home?

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Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods [1].



Sure makes sense to ban something natural. Wonder if the producers of the synthetic variety had anything to do with it?
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#327646 - Tue Oct 24 2006 01:48 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Aussies won the "Ugg Boot" war and in this war we have not yet begun to fight.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is Vegemite. Vegemite at all costs - Vegemite in spite of all terrors - Vegemite, however long and hard the road may be, for without Vegemite there is no survival.
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#327647 - Tue Oct 24 2006 03:35 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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I wonder if Dick Smith will try and buy the product again, on behalf of all self respecting Vegemite loving Aussies?
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#327648 - Tue Oct 24 2006 06:20 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Strange bunch those Americans... Heard that they ask the South Africans coming into the USA if they have 'biltong' (jerky) now and confiscate it too. People have been taking it into the USA and UK for yonks. I wonder what other (legal) products people are smuggling into other countries.... mmmm
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#327649 - Tue Oct 24 2006 09:26 AM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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Whether it has been going on for years or not, it is still illegal. Commercial importers are different, they can get dispensation provided they comply with regulations.

I must admit to haveing received some jerky at times from the US, it arrives in vacuum packaging and has so far escaped detection. It doesn't present a health problem, I eat it too quickly.

I can buy biltong locally, but have only found it in a couple of shops, must try to find some more, it is yummy.
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#327650 - Tue Oct 24 2006 03:15 PM Re: Americans Ban Vegemite
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It seems that there isn't a ban on Vegemite after all.

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