Nutritional Yeast contains heaps of B vitamins, protein, and fiber in a very small volume.
Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast used as a food item. It’s light, golden yellow in color and most popularly found in flake form. Basically, yeast is cultured and grown on a glucose medium like molasses or sugar cane. When the yeast has grown, it’s killed with heat then processed and dried. This process leaves us with an inactive nutrient rich yeast!
Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast:
Nutritional yeast is commonly referred to as a “superfood” because it contains heaps of B vitamins, protein, and fiber in a very small volume. Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor and the taste is similar to a rich, sharp cheddar cheese. This is what makes it so popular in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles! It’s the perfect cheesy substitute sans dairy.
Nutrient Breakdown of Nutritional Yeast:
*Per 2 tbsps
- Protein | 8-10g (depending on brand), also a “complete” protein
- Fiber | 4-5g (depending on brand)
- Carbohydrates | 5-9g (depending on brand)
- Thiamine (B1) | 640% DV
- Riboflavin (B2) | 570% DV
- Niacin (B3) | 280% DV
- B6 | 480% DV
- Folate | 60% DV
- B12 | 130% DV
- Zinc | 20% DV
- Magnesium | 6% DV
- Manganese | 6% DV
- Copper | 6% DV
How To Use:
Use nutritional yeast sprinkled on anything and everything! It’s great on nourish bowls, rice, potatoes, popcorn and even roasted veggies. You can also mix it into sauces and dressings for a boost of nutrition.
Don’t confuse nutritional yeast with traditional yeast! Nutritional yeast is NOT used as an active yeast to make bread or baked goods rise, it’s simply used for nutrition and flavor content.