Halal Vegemite: Is It True?

There’s been a lot of talk about halal vegemite lately. Some people say it’s true, while others are convinced that it’s nothing more than a myth. So what is the truth?

Halal Vegemite: is it real, or is it just a hoax? Since 2010 Vegemite has been certified Halal by The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at halal vegemite and see if there is any truth to the rumors.

What You Need to Know about Vegemite

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Vegemite. Credit: Canva

What is Vegemite?

Vegemite is a yeast extract, and it’s created by combining sugar with various other components. Yeasts are the key component in Vegemite, which is derived from brewing beer.

With a variety of vegetable and spice additions, Vegemite is made from brewer’s yeast and has a distinct flavor.

Vegemite is typically eaten on a toast with butter, but it may also be used to prepare sandwiches or pasta dishes.

History of Vegemite

Vegemite is a yeast extract spread that was developed in 1922 by an Australian chemist, Cyril Callister. It has been bought and then acquired by Mondelez International over time.

The Vegemite brand was acquired by the Australian Bega Cheese group in a US$460 million deal for full Australian control in January 2017.

It was previously owned by Kraft Foods Inc. until 2012 when it was acquired by Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods).

Nutritional Information

Vegemite contains significant amounts of vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate (B1, B2, B3, and B9 in that order).

The original version does not contain vitamin B12 or vitamin B6. But both are later added to the low-salt formulation.

Vegemite is a yeast extract high in glutamic acid, a natural umami flavoring. It doesn’t contain any fat or added sugar but has gluten.

Halal Vegemite

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Halal Vegemite. Credit: canva

Is Vegemite Halal Certified?

In 2010, Vegemite also received halal certification.

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils has certified Vegemite as Halal. It was verified that no animal-derived components were used in the production.

The yeast used in the product has been purified to ensure that it is alcohol-free.

Is Vegemite Kosher Certified?

The first kosher Vegemite was produced in the 1980s, according to Jewish tradition. After a negative reaction from Jewish consumers, the plan to cease kashrut certification was reversed in 2004.

In 2009, Kraft engaged with the Kashrut Authority of NSW for kashrut supervision services. All jars and tubes of regular Vegemite were imprinted with the authorities.

Is Vegemite Vegan Certified?

While Vegemite’s creators have long claimed that it is suitable for vegans, it was not until World Vegan Day 2019 that the Vegemite Company received vegan approval from Vegan Australia Certified.

A Vegemite nutritionist said that “the spread had always been a fitting choice for vegans”

What is Halal?

The Meaning of Halal

Halal is an Arabic word meaning “permissible”. In terms of food, it refers to anything that is allowed under Islamic law.

Pork and pork by-products are not halal, as they are forbidden in Islam. This includes items such as ham, bacon, and sausage. Alcohol is also considered haram (forbidden) in Islam.

Halal Certification and Label

The halal certification process is overseen by a committee of experts who examine each product to ensure it meets the requirements before giving their stamp of approval.

When you see these logos on food packaging, you can be confident that what is inside has been deemed halal by a recognized authority.

Vegemite Variations

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Vegemite. Credit: Canva

There are a few different variations of Vegemite, with varying levels of salt and gluten.

Original Vegemite

The Classic version, which is high in B vitamins and no added salt, is popular among many vegans. It’s also gluten-free.

Vegemite Squeezy

Vegemite Squeezy is a lot more convenient and easier to use than Vegemite. You only need to squeeze the bottle for making a sandwich or simply added to your favorite meal.

Vegemite Gluten Free

If you haven’t been able to enjoy Vegemite due to gluten intolerance, or if you’re simply avoiding gluten, then Vegemite is available in a Gluten-Free option.

40% Less Salt Vegemite

The standard taste of Vegemite 40% Less Salt is fantastic, with added benefits from vitamins B6 and B12.

This Vegemite 40% Less Salt is the product for you if you wish to reduce your salt intake.

Vegemite & Cheese

Bega cream cheese is used in the Vegemite & Cheese variation, which has a creamier and more mild flavor than traditional Vegemite.

This makes Vegemite & Cheese the perfect addition to some of your favorite recipes, or a great snack on the go.

FAQs

What does Vegemite taste like?

Vegemite is a very dark brown thick paste, with a distinctive salty taste. It’s made from leftover yeast extract and it has a strong umami flavor of its own. Below are the basic ingredients:

Is Vegemite same as Marmite?

Both Marmite and Vegemite are made from yeast extract, but they aren’t the same.

The main difference between the two is that Marmite is made using brewer’s yeast and malt extract while Vegemite uses leftover brewers’ yeast that comes from beer brewing.

Vegemite has a salty taste with an earthy, almost meaty flavor. Marmite is also quite salty but a little sweeter than Vegemite.

Is Vegemite vegan?

While the makers of Vegemite have long claimed that Vegemite was suitable for vegans, it was not until World Vegan Day 2019 that it received vegan certification from the Vegan Australia Certified program.

Is Vegemite good or bad for you?

Vegemite is a good source of vitamin B12 and thiamine, both essential nutrients that can be difficult to obtain from plant-based sources. But Vegemite doesn’t contain any protein or fiber at all.