Nutritional yeast is a popular condiment and health food product and a valuable protein and vitamin supplement. It’s vegan-friendly and free of dairy, gluten, sugar, salt, additives and preservatives.
But what exactly is nutritional yeast and why is it so good for you? Well, let’s find out.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast usually from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain – the same type of yeast that’s used to bake bread and brew beer.
It’s a popular condiment, health food product and vegan-friendly supplement.It’s yellow in colour and comes in flakes, granules and powder.Nutritional yeast in Australia is widely available, most commonly through health food stores and organic stores.
It has a savoury nutty and cheesy flavour and offers a wide variety of nutritional benefits (which we’ll get to in a moment).
Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast strain in a sugar rich medium, usually sugarcane or beet molasses. Once fermentation is complete the yeast is deactivated with heat, then harvested, washed, dried and packaged.
Nutritional yeast is available in two different varieties: fortified and unfortified.
Both the fortified and unfortified products are extremely nutritious. Nutritional yeast is a valuable source of protein, B vitamins and trace minerals.
While both types of yeast are great sources of protein, fortified yeast is a much richer source of B vitamins and trace minerals. So, if you’re looking at nutritional yeast as a dietary supplement, the type you select will depend on the nutrients you’re after.
Besides the above benefits, research suggests that nutritional yeast can also help to boost immunity, protect against infection and lower cholesterol.
Because of its cheesy, nutty flavour, nutritional yeast is a popular condiment and vegan-friendly substitute for parmesan cheese.
Here are just some of the ways it can be used:
Nutritional yeast should be stored in a dark, cool place and kept tightly sealed to keep the moisture out. Properly stored, it can last for up to two years.
Nutritional yeast is extremely healthy. It’s free from sugar, lactose, gluten, additives and preservatives and is completely vegan-friendly. For most people any side-effects or risks are minimal. However, people with a yeast allergy should avoid nutritional yeast (which makes sense).
If you have trouble metabolising folic acid (synthetic vitamin B9) you might want to use unfortified yeast.
If you have any other questions regarding nutritional yeast and its benefits or risks, contact the friendly team at Natural Organic Store.
If you’re looking for nutritional yeast in Australia, visit your local health food or organic store, or browse Natural Organic Store online today.