Vegemite is a made of brewer’s yeast extract with added vitamins as well as minerals. It is usually served on a toast for breakfast. Nevertheless, the spread might trigger an allergic reaction or food sensitivity due to glutamates, gluten and yeast. In case the allergy is suspected, a doctor should be consulted for testing to determine the source of the allergen.
What are the ingredients that can trigger vegemite allergy?
Vegemite contains large amounts of monosodium glutamate (MSG). This is a common glutamate that is used to improve the flavor of processed foods. Remember that it does not trigger an allergy, but one might have an evident oversensitivity to MSG and end up with a variety of allergy-like symptom such as:
- Burning sensation at the back part of the neck and chest
- Facial pressure
- Heart palpitations
If an individual is allergic to yeast or likely to develop yeast infections, vegemite should be avoided. The reactions to baker’s yeast might include a runny or congested nose and itchiness of the skin.
It is vital to avoid the spread if the individual is at risk for infections due to yeast such as thrush. Some individuals with yeast sensitivity might have aggravated symptoms if antibiotics are used or if he/she has common cold.
Gluten is a protein present in barley, wheat, oats and rye which is a prevalent allergen among individuals with celiac disease. If an individual has celiac disease or intolerance to gluten, vegemite is likely to start a reaction.
The usual indications that might arise include:
- Itchy, sore throat
- Chronic congestion
- Anaphylactic shock