Nutritional yeast is a highly nutritious vegan food product with various potential health benefits. It tends to be a stellar “transition food” that vegans and no-vegans adore passionately as it helps bridge the gap when giving up cheeses made from animal sources (cow, sheep, goat, etc)!
It can not only be used to add extra protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to meals, but studies suggest that nutritional yeast may help protect against oxidative damage, lower cholesterol and boost immunity.
Best of all, as seen by polling 50+ vegan and vegetarians, it tastes great!
See what people had to say about it, and their favorite uses of this easy ingredient:
- I usually sprinkle nutritional yeast into chili or pastas
- I wouldn’t say nutritional yeast isn’t exactly “important”, but the sh** just tastes good and you can put it on everything!
- nutritional yeast delicious with a cheesy, savory flavor. it has good nutritional value it’s like franks hot sauce you put that sh** on everything.
- It tastes awesome, and a lot like cheese- flavor wise! Downfall: nutritional yeast smells like feet…..
- Nutritional yeast is amazing as cheese alternative.
- I use nutritional yeast a lot for making vegan mac ’n cheese, or in a cheesy sauce.
- Mix it into refried beans.
- I had some nutritional yeast this morning on my potatoes with breakfast. So good!
- I put nutritional yeast on my tofu along with soy sauce, and then I bake it.
- I add nutritional yeast into my couscous and it’s so good.
- Delicious sprinkling nutritional yeast on buttery toast.
- I add nutritional yeast to mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower or cauliflower rice to add that golden yumm-factor!
- Top fresh popcorn with nutritional yeast and sriracha sauce. Then stay in, netflix & chill!
- Mix nutritional yeast with sprouted lentils and a few turns of freshly cracked black peppercorns.
- Sprinkle nutritional yeast on dog food as a topper..its so good for fur baby’s nerves. I use nutritional yeast for my diabetic furbaby.
Nutritional yeast has a good source of b12, much needed in vegetarian vegan diet. Also it imparts that “cheese” fermented aged flavor tones.
Nutritional yeast has B12, is high in folic acid and fiber.
I absolutely loved cheese, missed it terribly and nutritional yeast helped to curb those cravings! Though nutritional yeast doesn’t quite taste like cheese, it does have a delicious savoriness that adds depth to flavor!
Nutritional yeast is a fantastic source of B vitamins, and is amazing at flavoring soups, stews and makes a great gravy with shiitake mushrooms.
It is also great sprinkled onto stir fries. etc as a flavor enhancer.
BTW, nutritional yeast is ideal for those with high blood pressure because nutritional yeast can be your go-to salt swap, especially when turned into a ‘Parmesan” – recipe below. Nutritional yeast has zero sodium in it but plenty of flavor, so you can sprinkle it onto foods you’d normally salt, such as potato, pizza, eggs (vegan or chicken) or broccoli.
For a great vegan Parmesan head here!
Nutritional yeast is made from the yeast strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Research suggests this yeast strain may be able to support your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help ward off intestinal ailments. Indeed, one study found that nutritional yeast has a probiotic-like effect on the intestines so it can support the immune system and reduce inflammation.
However, here are 4 potential side effects of nutritional yeast.
- Though nutritional yeast is low in calories, it’s packed with fiber so it may cause unpleasant digestive side effects if introduced too quickly, especially if you’re not used to much fiber
- May Trigger Headaches or Migraine Attacks. …
- May Cause Facial Flushing. …
- Yeast Intolerance and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
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