Nutritional Yeast: Benefits & Uses

So you’re walking down the health food aisle at your local grocery store and you notice a small, gleaming tub of golden dust. What’s this, you ask? Well… it’s nutritional yeast, and there’s a pretty darn good reason why it’s in the health food aisle.

Nutritional yeast is inactivated yeast made out of sugarcane and beet molasses. Commonly referred to as “nooch,” it is generally sold as a condiment in yellow powder or flakes.This type of yeast comes from the strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The yeast (which is similar to yeast used in baking) is made out of sugarcane and beet molasses and goes through a heating and drying process, thus making it inactive.

There are many reasons why one would consume this particular seasoning- one main reason being the product’s abundance of vitamins and minerals.


Benefits of Nooch

Nutrition Facts of nutritional yeast

Nooch contains all of the B-vitamins, including vitamin B12, which is why this product is so popular among those consuming a plant-based diet. It also contains folate and thiamin, is low in fat and sodium, and doesn’t contain any added sugars.

Nutritional yeast has some pretty amazing health benefits. It has been shown to:

  • Strengthen the immune system
    • The strain of nutritional yeast, S. cerevisiae, along with the plethora of antioxidants it contains, has been show to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation
  • Lower blood cholesterol
    • The beta-glucan in nutritional yeast has been proven to help lower blood cholesterol
  • Support a healthy pregnancy 
    • Nutritional yeast is often fortified with folic acid, which is a vital nutrient for maintaining a healthy pregnancy
  • Prevent vitamin B12 deficiency in vegans
    • Nooch is fortified with B-12 and just 1 Tbsp of it will give you more than your recommended daily intake!

Nutritional Yeast Uses

Nutritional yeast can be used in so many ways, in so many different dishes. It is sold in powdery flakes and has a slight nutty, cheesy flavor.

It works great as a cheese substitute in dishes such as risotto, or popcorn for a salt replacement and added flavor.

Some other ways to use nutritional yeast are:

popcorn in glass bowl

  • Sprinkle on top of or mix in soups
  • Sprinkle into savory salads
  • Sprinkle on top of veggie chili
  • Make a dairy-free cheese or Alfredo sauce
  • Add it to a tofu scramble
  • Sprinkle on top of baked veggies
  • Make a vegan macaroni and cheese

Is It Safe?

In general, nutritional yeast is very safe to consume. However, some research has shown that those with a higher risk of gout may want to avoid adding this supplement into their diet.

Those with a yeast allergy should be able to consume nooch, since it is inactivated yeast, but it is best to consult with a doctor or dietitian beforehand, just in case.


Conclusion

Nutritional yeast definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen cupboard. It is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and contains virtually no fat, salt, or sugar.

This product is great for vegans since it contains vitamin B-12 and can be used as a cheese replacer in many dishes. It is also great for those wanting to add more nutrient-dense foods into their diet.

I personally love adding nooch to my daily meals. Whether it be baked asparagus or broccoli, or on top of my veggie chili, I know that this small but mighty condiment can turn any meal into something delicious and nutritious!

4 Replies to “Nutritional Yeast: Benefits & Uses”

  1. Thanks, Ashley for this informative post. Initially, I thought it is the same as turmeric but reading the post I later discovered that they are different. It is great to know that consuming Nooch can strengthen the immune system. Sincerely this is the area that interests me most as a health researcher. I did some works early this year on HIV and AID and I got to understand the role of a strong immune system to preventing AIDS. I would to start including Nooch in my diet 

    Tolu says:
    1. Wow, that is amazing that you are working on such a great cause! Nutritional yeast, along with many other nutrient-dense foods, is great for your health and it can definitely benefit those with a compromised immune system. 

      Ashley says:
  2. I like to search through the  ‘Healthy Living’ niche, and I really appreciate your article on the benefits nd uses of nutritional yeast, which has widened my knowledge and given me ‘food for thought’. .  

    Nutritional yeast as a healthy food supplement should appeal to a wide audience of people that are seeking ways of improving their nutritional status.  I think it’s really great, because you’ve answered all my  potential questions regarding the why this product was developed, who should (not) use it, where it can be obtained, how and why it should be used.   

    Thank you for this information, which you’ve presented in such presented in an interesting, comprehensive and caring way. I’ll certainly think about trying it myself.

    lornafraserja says:
    1. You’re welcome, Lorna! Glad you liked this information and I hope you found it helpful! 

      Ashley says:

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