Don’t let the name deter you from buying this super food. Nutritional yeast is as its name states – nutritious. It should be a staple in everyone’s diet, but is particularly beneficial for those who have dairy and egg allergies and/or are vegan or vegetarian and therefore lack the food resources which provide such benefits.
It contains all 18 essential amino acids our bodies need to function healthily and is therefore a complete source of protein (meaning your body absorbs 100% of the nutrients from the yeast). It also contains all of the amazing B-complex vitamins and arguably the most important, B12 vitamin* – responsible for a myriad of things including: converting the carbs from food to energy, decreasing lethargy, insomnia, irritability, depression, and increasing appetite and the health of your skin, hair, nails, and memory function.
Nutritional Yeast is also high in fibre and is a great source of folic acid. It’s 100% vegan: free of dairy, egg, soy, gluten, wheat, animal product and byproduct, and sugar. And this yeast will not cause or worsen Candida because it isn’t active. It’s grown on cane and/or beet molasses and then deactivated (hence why you can’t use it as a leavening agent in baked goods). I can literally go on listing all the benefits that come from these yellow flakes but my post would turn into an essay!
It has a cheese-y nutty flavour, and is delicious as a substitute for recipes calling for parmesan cheese and other cheeses. I use it on pizza, in pasta dishes, and sometimes over salads. We don’t eat corn or popcorn because of Munsur’s colitis, but it’s been pointed out to me that it’s widely used by vegans on popcorn as well. You’re free to use as little or as much as you want, but all you need is a small amount (about a tablespoon or two) to get the benefit.
Available very inexpensively at natural health stores, or your local supermarket in the natural health food aisle. Go out and get this amazing product and reap the benefits and the delicious taste it has to offer!
Notes: Different brands may or may not have been fortified with the B12 vitamin so do check before purchasing.