Nutritional Yeast is a vegan-friendly, and B Vitamins packed ingredient that adds a cheesy flavour to everything.
A nutritious, flavourful and vegan ingredient that I highly recommend to have in your kitchen.
What Is Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional Yeast is a not active form of the microorganism Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Even though it is the same species as Baker’s and Brewer’s Yeast, it is different from other forms of this Yeast:
- Baker’s Yeast: Baker’s Yeast is alive and used to ferment bread. The Yeast is killed while cooking but adds an earthy, yeasty taste to the dough.
- Brewer’s Yeast: Brewer’s Yeast can be obtained alive and is used to brew beer. The dead yeast cells leftover from the brewing process can be used as a nutritional supplement but have a very bitter taste.
- Nutritional Yeast: This Yeast is grown specifically to be used as a food product. The yeast cells are destroyed during manufacturing and not alive in the final product. It is used in cooking and has a cheesy, nutty flavour. To produce Nutritional Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are grown for several days on a sugar-rich medium like molasses. The Yeast is then deactivated with heat, collected, washed, dried, crumbled and packaged.
The Flavour of Nutritional Yeast – reminds Parmesan cheese.
This distinctive flavour profile can largely be attributed to its abundance of naturally occurring glutamate. This amino acid interacts with specific taste cells in the tongue to unleash umami, that reminds Parmesan cheese flavour.
Protein:There are 4 grams of protein in a two-tablespoon portion. The nutritional Yeast is a plant-based protein source. It presents a full range of essential amino acids, making it able to support bodily tissues’ construction, including muscle.
B vitamins:Most brands contain a whole range of B vitamins, including thiamine, niacin, and B6, to support a healthy metabolism. These nutrients are typically added during processing.
Vitamin B12:Nutritional Yeast’s notable benefit- is that it’s also often very high in vitamin B12, an essential nutrient typically found in meat, eggs, and dairy. Vitamin B12 is essential for producing red blood cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system. However, to provide this benefit, Nutritional Yeast must be fortified with B12 (like other plant foods), it doesn’t contain it naturally.
Minerals:Besides protein and B vitamins, nutritional Yeast offers a bit of iron, potassium, and a unique type of fibre called beta-glucan, which has cholesterol-lowering properties. Nutritional Yeast is also a low-glycemic food containing chromium, a mineral that may help regulate your blood sugar.
***If you’re allergic or sensitive to Yeast, this is likewise a no-go. This inactive type of Yeast does not contribute to candida yeast infections.
How to use?
Nutritional Yeast comes in either powder or flake form, making it easy to sprinkle on just about anything. You can dust over your meals and enjoy.