The Scoop on Nutritional Yeast

By:Dana Fawcett, RHN
What is all the rave going on with Nutritional Yeast, that’s got people talking? With meat becoming the enemy now, many are turning to alternative substitutes like nutritional yeast for protein.
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Nutritional yeast is packed full of protein and is rich in B-Vitamins.


It has long been a favourite to Vegans but is still under-acknowledged by the rest.


Nutritional Yeast is a power house of protein that adds an enormous amount of flavour and texture to anything you add it to.  


Nutritional Yeast is such a versatile ingredient that it has been touted as magical.  It has a strong semblance to cheese and there are many recipes for pizza, lasagna, and baked mac etc. using nutritional yeast.


For those of you who haven’t tried Nutritional Yeast, the flavour can best be described as nutty, cheesy, parmesan like and creamy. 


It can added to foods like a condiment as well. Try toping it on baked potatoes, popcorn, rice, scrambled eggs, scrambled tofu, peas, steamed broccoli, roasted carrots and so on. The list is endless.


Not only rich in B-Vitamins, it also helps maintain a good functioning metabolism, a healthy nervous system, and aids in helping the body regenerate red blood cells.


Above all its gluten free!


Nutritional Yeast can be purchased at any Health Food Store, as well as Bulk stores.  Bulk food stores are good but in this case I would recommend buying it from a health food store. Nutritional Yeast is high in B-vitamin riboflavin and loses nutritional value when exposed to light. Health food stores are in general conscious of these sensitivities.


Nutritional Yeast also comes fortified with B12.Always check nutritional labels before purchasing.


Nutritional yeast has a high content of phosphorus – which can deplete the body of calcium – so some nutritional yeast manufacturers fortify it with calcium.


Although the unfortified version of nutritional yeast is lower in B-vitamins, it is still an excellent source of iron and all the B-Vitamins with 35 to 100 percent of the daily value for all B’s.


Fortified or not this super food is low in fat and sodium – free of sugar, gluten and contains plenty of iron. A must for all of our diets.

 

 

 

Enjoy this tasty recipe.

 

 Vegetarian Mac and Cheese made with Nutritional Yeast.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of elbow past ( or your favourite)
  • 11/4 cup of soy milk or almond
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large tablespoons flour ( rice, spelt, gluten free, whatever you choose)
  • ¼ - ½ cup of nutritional yeast flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste

Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain and place back in pot, side aside.

Heat oil over medium heat, add flour and whisk to incorporate for about two minutes.  Add milk slowly, stirring constantly.  Turn heat to low and cook until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, and stir in nutritional yeast, salt garlic powder and chili.  Stir until smooth again.  Pour over pasta and serve.

This article, and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please see your health care provider before taking any supplements or starting a new program.

Dana Fawcett is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and owner of 360 Nutrition and Wellness. She is a member of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association. She is also a contributing author for Vertical Health at Spine Universe.com. Danas whole goal in life is to pay it forward by helping others. She loves teaching and writing on the topic of nutrition simply because it is the key to health. Holistic Nutrition allows people to look at the body as a whole by addressing exercise, nutrition, spirit and soul.

Dana loves all things that support the Holistic Nutrition approach to life, such as doing yoga, cooking, reading, writing, walking, hiking and water color painting.

She is a happily married mother of 3 beautiful children and lives in Newtonville, Ontario.

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