Unlock the Benefits of Nutritional Yeast: A Natural Source of B Vitamins

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Unlock the Benefits of Nutritional Yeast: A Natural Source of B Vitamins

Nutritional yeast is a vegan-friendly and B Vitamins-packed ingredient that adds a cheesy flavour to everything. It is a nutritious, flavourful, vegan ingredient that I highly recommend including in your diet.

Nutritional Yeast is a vegan-friendly, and B Vitamins packed ingredient that adds a cheesy flavour to everything.

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is an inactive form of yeast which has been grown on a nutrient-rich media such as molasses or sugar cane and then harvested, washed, and dried. It is a source of protein, dietary fibre, B vitamins, and various minerals and is often used as a nutritional supplement or a condiment in cooking. It has a cheesy, nutty, and slightly savoury flavour that is often used as a vegan substitute for cheese.

Nutritional Yeast: A Unique Form of Yeast Different from Baker’s and Brewer’s Yeast

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 destroyed while cooking but adds an earthy, yeasty taste to the dough.
  • Brewer’s Yeast: Brewer’s Yeast is a type of yeast commonly used in brewing beer. After the beer is brewed, the leftover dead yeast cells can be consumed as a nutritional supplement, although they have a distinctively bitter taste. The yeast itself can be purchased in an active form, making it readily available to use in the brewing process.
  • Nutritional Yeast: This Yeast is grown specifically to be used as a food product. The yeast cells are destroyed during manufacturing and are 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 on a sugar-rich medium like molasses for several days. The yeast is then deactivated with heat, collected, washed, dried, crumbled and packaged. 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.

     

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 an umami taste, which reminds Parmesan cheese flavour. 

Health Benefits

  • Protein:

    There are 4 grams of protein in a two-tablespoon portion. Nutritional yeast is a plant-based protein source. It presents a full range of essential amino acids, supporting 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 dairyVitamin B12 is necessary 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. In addition, nutritional yeast is a low-glycemic food containing chromium, a mineral that may help regulate your blood sugar.

How to use it?

Nutritional yeast comes in either powder or flake form, making it easy to sprinkle on just about anything. So you can dust over your meals and enjoy.

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