When it comes to breakfast preferences, all people in the world can be conveniently sorted into three camps: those who love Marmite, those who hate it, and those who haven’t tried it because they don’t live in Britain.
Just to give the uninitiated a lesson in what Marmite actually is, this salty brown goop is a “yeast extract”, which is made by (no seriously) scraping the gunk off the inside of beer distilleries after all the tasty alcoholic liquid has been drained.
— Marmite (@marmite) March 29, 2017
Yes, Britons eat that stuff. On their toast. Like madmen.
Well, as it turns out, they might not be all that mad after all – quite the opposite, in fact. A new study has found a strong link between people who eat this disgusting goop on a daily basis, and healthy brain activity.
The study went as follows: twenty eight participants were split into two groups, one of which ate a spoonful of peanut butter each day, while the other half achieved the somewhat more difficult task of gagging down an unadulterated spoonful of Marmite on a daily basis.
When later tested with visual stimuli, the Marmite group showed 30% less mental response than the peanut butter group. This is believed to be because Marmite helps the brain to develop more gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA), which is important to help the brain combat anxiety, fear, and other negative emotions.
Well, this certainly does explain why the Brits favor a stiff-upper-lip approach to emotional trauma – their breakfast makes them more emotionally stable.
Either that, or the horrific experience of gulping down Marmite every morning leaves them prepared for anything the day can throw at them, like some kind of disturbing army boot camp.