The Truth About Nutritional Yeast You Need To Know
Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast before? I didn’t hear about it unit after I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle. Nutritional yeast is revered by many who eat a plant-based lifestyle, as it provides a spectrum of minerals and includes all 18 amino acids, including the ones your body can’t produce on its own. But the majority of nutritional yeast on the market are not really nutritious nor authentic! Shocking, but continue reading to learn more.
What is Nutritional Yeast & How Is It Made?
Nutritional yeast (also known as ‘nooch’) is a deactivated yeast (and fungus) that is grown on sugarcane or beet molasses in a carefully controlled environment. It comes from a single-celled organism of fungi called, saccharomyces cerevisiae. The yeast is made by culturing it in a nutrient medium for 7 days. After the 7 days of culturing, the yeast is ready. At this point, the yeast is killed (deactivated) with heat (heated above 115 degrees, which is not considered raw), then its harvested, washed, dried, and packaged. The yeast is killed (deactivated) to release any microorganisms and bacteria it may contain.
Nutritional Yeast Benefits
Nutritional yeast is packed with vital nutrients. It contains vitamins such as A (which is beta-carotene to help improve eyesight), vitamin B12 (perfect for vegans!), a great source of folic acid, and high in 15 different minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, and chromium. The yellow color that nutritional yeast has comes from the rich vitamin B12 it contains.
What Does Nutritional Yeast Taste Like?
Nutritional yeast tastes a lot like cheese. Thus, it’s a great superfood for vegans to add into their salads, cheese recipes, and other gourmet dishes.
The Problem With Nutritional Yeast
The problem with nutritional yeast is that its fortified with synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional value. I also read the nutritional yeast has small amounts of naturally occurring MSG in it, but according to Kimberly Snyder, the health nutritionists, this is no concern because the amounts of MSG found naturally in nutritional yeast are so small, it’s harmless!
Nutritional Yeast Brands
The brands that contain synthetic vitamins in their nutritional yeast are Bragg’s, Red Star and Kal (to just name the common brands). These brands have added synthetic, man-made vitamins in their nutritional yeast, so you’re not really gonna benefit from the real stuff. A brand that has non-fortified nutritional yeast that is organic and 100% plant-based, is from Sari Foods and The Raw Food World (Matt Monarch raves abouthis non-fortified nutritional yeast here). I love the taste of Sari Foods nutritional yeast. You can totally taste the difference and it’s even more cheesier and does not give me headaches like the Bragg’s nutritional yeast would give me.
Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite superfoods, and it’s actually a staple for me. Nutritional yeast is the “secret” ingredient to making cheesy cheese on a plant-based lifestyle. You can sprinkle this stuff on your salads, dehydrated goods, and inside your gourmet recipes. I’ve head of some people adding this stuff inside their smoothie, too!
Have you ever tried nutritional yeast before? What are your favorite ways to use it? Tell me in the comments below.
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Miliany Bonet is an ambitious, world-renowned, raw vegan blogger, writer, researcher, author, and an entrepreneur who is passionate about sharing her love and desire for a plant-based lifestyle. She's also the main contributor at 0medz0.com. Her passion for writing shines through her posts.
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Hello Miliany Bonet, I am new to this field ( Raw vegan life) thank you very much for your insight. In my regular diet i used to have lot of Turmeric. I heard that Turmeric is also have a natural antibacterial properties.
You are so right! yesterday I didn’t believe that what you were saying was true. nutritional yeast not health? how is it possible?? but I must to admit that I just added this product to my diet one month ago and for some reason after I put this ingredient in my smoothies I always felt kind of headaches and tiredness. I research on myself and really found that its even not consider as “raw”. just to be sure, I did this morning experiment. I just want to finish my nutritional yeast powder, so I puted more then half of a cup in my green smoothie. after couple of minuets, I felt really heat in my brain, I felt fatigue and now I finally realize what the source for the problem. thank you very much for helpping me and lighten my way of living.
Welcome to this lifestyle and congrats on your transition! Glad you found my blog.
Yes, turmeric has anti-bacterial, anti-septic, ant-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is very detoxing and I love to use it in almost everything I make. I use it a lot in my cheese recipes, my salads, my sauces/dressings… almost in most of my recipes. You can never have too much turmeric in your diet.