What Is Nutritional Yeast?
There’s a lot of buzz around nutritional yeast, and a few people have asked me what it is. A lot of people who follow a vegan diet have known of it for a while, and it’s becoming more common in stores too. If you’ve seen nutritional yeast in your local health food shop or supermarket, and you’re wondering what it actually is, then read on!
What is nutritional yeast?
As you’ve probably guessed, nutritional yeast is a type of yeast! It is actually a non-active form of a yeast strain called saccharomyces cerevisiae, so it doesn’t grow like active varieties (like baker’s yeast). It’s produced by fermentation of a type of glucose to grow, before it’s deactivated with heat and processed to use on food.
Nutritional yeast, sometimes called ‘yeast seasoning’ is available in a few different forms, like powders, flakes and granules. The yellow colour might give you a hint about the flavour — it has a kind of nutty-cheesy taste!
What are the health benefits of nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a source of vitamin B, which can help support your nervous system and provide your body with energy. It’s actually a good plant-based source of vitamin B12, something that can be beneficial for people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
It doesn’t have the name ‘nutritional’ for nothing! Nutritional yeast is a source of folic acid, potassium, protein and fibre as well! It’s low in salt and saturated fats, and artificial flavours aren’t used in production. If you love adding a sprinkle of cheese to your food, then nutritional yeast is about to be your new best friend.
How to use nutritional yeast
There’s lots of different ways to add nutritional yeast to dishes! Try some of these:
- Sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top of smashed avocado on toast.
- Toss with freshly popped popcorn for a healthier cheesy taste (it’s a good substitute for parmesan cheese).
- Add a pinch to your salads or to some sauteed greens.
- Sprinkle it over the top of some freshly made pasta and a healthy pasta sauce.
- Use it as a low-sodium seasoning for zoodles or grain dishes.
So, there you have it girls! Nutritional yeast definitely has some health benefits and can be a good swap for cheese, particularly for vegan dishes. Try some of the suggestions above and see which one is your favourite!
Love, Kayla xx
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