• Linda Marquez Goodine

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Updated: Jul 29

If there is a superfood the Vegan, Paleo and Keto community can agree with it would be nutritional yeast. It’s often used in vegan cooking, but the benefits for the non-vegans are amazing too!

It is:

  • Gluten-free

  • Sugar-free

  • Dairy-free

  • Soy- free

  • Keto friendly

  • Paleo friendly

  • Vegan friendly

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a superfood fermented from the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae and grown on the surface of molasses. It’s an inactive yeast and loaded with lots of nutrition.

How to use nutritional yeast in your diet?

Nutritional yeast has a cheesy taste, so it’s very versatile. You can add it to:

  • Soups

  • Salads

  • Vegetables

  • Chicken

  • Sauces

  • Bone broth

  • Popcorn (if you are vegan)

  • Make a cheesy dip

What Are Some Of The Health Benefits Of Nutritional Yeast?

  • It’s loaded with amino acids – therefore easier to digest.

  • It contains trace minerals – essential for a healthy thyroid function, testosterone levels, blood sugar balance, and helps lower insulin levels.

  • It contains fiber.

  • It contains glutathione, a major antioxidant.

  • It has all B vitamins (except B12), which helps with increased energy; decreases stress; and promotes healthy skin, hair and nails. Beware as some companies will add enriched B12 to nutritional yeast.

  • It has beta glucans, which have immune enhancing properties.

  • It contains 6g protein/2 tablespoons.

Should I add nutritional yeast to my diet?

Absolutely yes! In Germany, it is the fourth most prescribed herbal product that does not require a prescription and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.


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