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We took DNA tests to see if we were born Marmite lovers and it made us question our life choices

We took DNA tests to see if we were born Marmite lovers and we regretted it
Get in my belly (Photo by: Newscast/UIG via Getty Images)

Let’s get this straight – I love Marmite.

I love it so damn much. I always have a jar on standby, I eat it straight from the jar when I’m craving salt, and one year the only thing I requested for Christmas was a limited edition jar of gold Marmite.

So when the Marmite Gene Project launched, claiming that your genes decide whether you’re a lover or a hater, and announcing that they were selling DNA kits, I was all ears.

Marmite’s researchers discovered that there are certain genes which mean you’re predisposed to loving or hating the yeast extract, and I was excited to confirm that I was a certified lover *waggles eyebrows*.

I wanted to test all points on the spectrum, so grabbed Metro.co.uk’s social producer, Elle Rudd (hater) and assistant editor, Richard Hartley-Parkinson (ambivalent), thrust DNA kits in their hands and told them to get swabbing.

Halfway through swabbing the side of my cheek, I did consider that this was all a big ruse by Marmite to harvest everyone’s DNA and use it for sinister purposes, but my love for promotional gimmicks took over and I posted off my cells regardless, confident of the outcome.

However, weeks later when we got our results, let me tell you, I was shook.

Our (entirely incorrect) Marmite DNA results

Lisa Bowman (lover)

DNA results – genetically predisposed to be a hater

‘I was genuinely upset when I got my results back. Mostly because hello, I am a lover, but also because I feel like Marmite lead me on with a cheap publicity tool, and I fell for it.

‘I feel dirty and used.’

Elle Rudd (hater)

DNA results – genetically predisposed to be a lover

‘I am somewhat offended! I haven’t touched Marmite since I was about eight because even just the thought of it makes me want to curl up in to a ball and scrub my tongue.

‘Obviously, I am a very unique individual as it states that the test is 99.98% accurate and this couldn’t be more than wrong! Maybe I am the problem and it is time for me to pick up a jar of the nation’s most divisive product since Brexit and see whether my taste has changed.

‘But I am not really that hopeful.’

Richard Hartley-Parkinson (ambivalent)

DNA results – genetically predisposed to be a lover

‘I feel pretty special because it looks like I’m in 0.2% of the population as I’m afraid that the DNA test has come back wrong by saying that I’m a Marmite lover.

‘Personally I’d rather just have so much butter smeared on my toast that it’s dripping off the edges when I pick it up.

‘Marmite is like marmalade for me – I can either take it or leave it.’

Slice of buttered granary toast on white plate, with yeast extract (also known as Marmite or Vegemite) being poured over it.
Yes please! (Picture: Getty)

Outraged, I got on the blower to Marmite HQ (I didn’t, I emailed them, but that doesn’t sound as dramatic) and demanded to know what was going on.

They said that although you can be born a lover, your environment can change you to a hater, and vice versa.

Sounds like a get out of jail card to me, lads.

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‘According to our research, both genetics and the environment, such as our upbringing or lifestyle, appear to play a role in Marmite taste preference,’ explains Thomas Roos, Principle Investigator at DNAFit.

‘In terms of genetics, the results tend to fall into the “lover”’ or “hater” category. While some people have a weaker genetic orientation than others to loving or hating Marmite, in other cases, some appear to be born with a much stronger genetic predisposition towards Marmite.

‘Genetics can therefore signal an underlying predisposition, although given environmental influences, we are not fated to adhere to a particular taste preference our whole lives.’

Which is cool, but using the whole nature/nurture argument makes the whole purchasing a DNA kit thing a bit pointless, no?

This whole debacle has made me decide never to give anyone my DNA ever again (bar the police, obvs), but it has also made me really want Marmite on crumpets, so I guess their publicity stunt worked.

I’d save your pennies and swerve the DNA kits, instead spending your precious dough on even more jars of Marmite. (Or peanut butter, if you hate Marmite.)

*shrugs*

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