News

Vegemite VS peanut butter: Which one is better for you?

THEY'RE toast topping favourites you've used religiously since childhood but how good for you, nutritionally speaking, are peanut butter and Vegemite

Accredited practicing dietitian Joel Feren reckons when it comes to breakfast you want something that provides a number of different nutrients.

"Peanut butter is a nutritional standout as it's got monounsaturated fats for your heart, vitamins for your digestive system, protein for your muscles and vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant, so it's certainly a winner from every angle."

Wondering about the high fat content in nuts? Don't lose sleep over it says Feren, it is okay when in moderation.

"Generally speaking I say don't go nuts on the nutty stuff," Feren laughs. "I'd say around 1 tablespoon a day because peanut butter does contain fat. They're heart healthy fats, but too much of anything isn't always the best."
 

So, for this expert peanut butter wins as the best all-rounder. But does this mean that Vegemite is bad for you?

"I think Vegemite cops a bit of flack mostly around its high salt content, but the good thing is that Vegemite have actually revamped a version of their product to cater for people who want less salt in their diet. So they have a product now with 25% less salt."

"You can still be a happy little Vegemite, just not as salty," he laughs.

The problem with salt is that it can send your blood pressure sky high. So beware if you're susceptible. It's not all bad for the Aussie institution.

"Vegemite is a good source of certain B vitamins, B1, folate and B6. It also has a bit of potassium in there and potassium is sort of the antagonist of sodium. So sodium makes your blood pressure go up, and potassium makes it go down."

Feren also reminds us that most people have a small scraping of the spread so it's not as bad as it seems.

"Research shows we generally have half a teaspoon, or 3g of Vegemite. A half teaspoon of Vegemite contributes 104mg of sodium and the general guidelines suggest 2300mg of sodium per day, so everything in context."

Feren also suggests that Vegemite would be a good option if you're doing heavy duty morning exercise as the toast will provide quick acting carbohydrates and the Vegemite's sodium, when combined with water will help you to rehydrate more quickly.

If you're looking for another 'all-rounder' like peanut butter, he suggests cottage cheese.

"Its low fat, high in protein and a great source of calcium."

But overall, it's peanut butter for the win. So go ahead and spread your nutty spreads Australia.

News Corp Australia

Topics:  entertainment food vegemite


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Dogs herd a tough flock for state trials

TOUGH FLOCK: Traprock farmer Dan Bougoure during the Queensland Supreme Sheep Dog Trials in Stanthorpe.

The Queensland Supreme Sheep Dog Trials have been marked a success

GALLERY: Top police dedication honoured

WELL DONE: Detective Senior Constable Michael Hauff is given the Detective's Appointment and Gold Badge by southern region Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright.

The tone was one of celebration at an awards ceremony in Stanthorpe

Countdown is on for Snowflakes in Stanthorpe

COOL PLANS: Lenell Storey with one of the banners created by primary students ahead of Snowflakes in Stanthorpe.

Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is just eight days away

Local Partners

Are Stanthorpe's frosty bragging rights secure?

Some fear Stanthorpe's cool accolade could be at risk if weather data isn't secured

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Shoes make difference to kids in Zambia

MANY SHOES: Toowoomba Grammar School's Adrian Irwin and Fairholme College's Libby Stumer with shoes collected for children in Zambia.

Students are making a difference, creating a new project

Chance to own a piece of Burke and Wills history

Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets.

Vintage lovers and antique collectors are in for a treat

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!