When I recently heard about nutritional yeast, I was curious to know what this product could do for my health.
It certainly sounded like a strange foreign food, but I was willing to give it a try for all the supposed nutrition benefits.
What is Nutritional Yeast?
This type of yeast is inactive and is not the same as Brewer’s yeast.
This yeast is related to mushrooms, but is also the same type of yeast used in beer and wine-making.
It is not Vegemite or Marmite (a paste made from Brewer’s yeast). It tastes a little nutty and is similar in taste to parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast can be found in supplement sections of health food stores and some grocery stores in flake form.
Powerful Nutrition from a Fungus
- Complete Protein: If you sprinkle a little nutritional yeast on your foods, you will get all the amino acids you need to maintain and build proteins.
- Source of Protein: 2 Tbsp. contains about 9 grams of protein. Add it to carbohydrate sources like popcorn or kale chips to make a more balanced snack or meal.
- Natural Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Nutritional yeast is often fortified and naturally contains B vitamins. Check nutrition label to make sure your nutritional yeast contains B12 if you are vegan.
- Sugar-free, Gluten-free, and Very Low Sodium
How to Eat
- Add on top of scrambled eggs
- Top popcorn with it or other baked chips
- Stir it into quinoa, brown rice dishes, or stir-fry
- Add to mashed potatoes
- Create healthy whole grain garlic bread and top with yeast
- Mix in with sauces, condiments, and soups
Will You Eat Nutritional Yeast?
If you normally eat meat everyday, there is no real need for yeast.
I don’t eat a lot of meat, so I find nutritional yeast an excellent way for me to consume complete proteins and get all the vitamins I need without having to take a multivitamin.
Will you give nutritional yeast a try? If you already use it, what is your favorite way of eating it?