AR-News: UK - EATING MARMITE STOPS MOSQUITOES BITING YOU
Orville A Knudsen
oak at waste.org
Sat Apr 17 10:58:49 EDT 2004
EATING MARMITE STOPS MOSQUITOES BITING YOU
MARMITE could be the key to a bite-free holiday according to health
experts - because, like some of us, mosquitoes hate it.
Dr Schweiger told a meeting of Co-op members in Leeds: "It's nothing to do
with spreading it on the skin. The effect of eating it could be linked to
the vitamin B1 thiamine it contains. This theory is supported by the rise
of malaria in countries where rice has been dehusked and the thiamine-rich
outer coating is discarded."
The vegetarian spread made from brewer's yeast celebrated its centenary in
2002. Early last century scientists found it was a good source of five B
vitamins, including B12 which helps prevent anaemia, and folic acid. It
was given to soldiers during both World Wars to keep them healthy.
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