Jan 24, 2011

Nutritional Yeast: An Simple Food Addition

Ever heard of nutritional Yeast? I'm not one for supplements, but this is more like a food that you can just throw onto/into anything! And, it's great for It's not just a pill that may or may not work....it's food! It's great to add to things because of it's cheesy, nutty flavor. The type I have looks like fish flake food. It is a complete protein with the B-complex vitamins and helps intestinal health along the lines of probiotics!

Things to add it to...
-Popcorn (with butter and salt)
-Pasta with a little oil (in place of parmesan)
-Soups (to thicken a little or add to the flavor)
-Create a dip with a flavor twist

This is esp. helpful because I don't eat a lot of dairy, and so this seems a better cheese alternative, for little things. I bought a huge tub of it on amazon, but it should be at local grocers in the bulk natural foods aisle. It is kept in my fridge and lasts a long time.

Here's what wikipedia says about it:
"Yeast is used in nutritional supplements popular with vegans and the health conscious, where it is often referred to as "nutritional yeast". It is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, whose functions are related to metabolism as well as other minerals and cofactors required for growth. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12, which is produced separately by bacteria. Nutritional yeast, though it has a similar appearance to brewer's yeast, is very different and has a very different taste."Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, creamy flavor which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of Parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as putting it into scrambled eggs. It comes in the form of flakes, or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. In Australia it is sometimes sold as "savory yeast flakes". Though "nutritional yeast" usually refers to commercial products, inadequately fed prisoners have used "home-grown" yeast to prevent vitamin deficiency."


  1. There are other alternatives for supplements like fruits, vegetables and other food. Thanks for the info.

  2. Thanks for the information.