I was first introduced to Nutritional yeast by a friend of mine over 13 years ago.

I couldn’t believe that in my over 30 years as wife, mother, and primary cook for my family, I had never heard of this wonderful seasoning.

This was revolutionary to say the least…

Let’s just say that my Cooking World was changed forever!

I now had the secret ingredient that would allow me to make the best soups, flavor the most delicious eggs, meats, vegetables and snacks possible!

Nutritional yeast is made from a plant called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This is the same yeast that is also known as Brewer’s yeast as well as Baker’s yeast. The difference is that while the Brewer’s and Baker’s yeast are both still live yeasts, that when added to liquid and given time, it will grow and ferment.

Nutritional yeast, is pasteurized (heated to over 160) and therefore is no longer alive and has no ferment properties.

So why is Nutritional yeast still so beneficial? Besides the fact that it tastes very rich and full; some say like an aged cheese, some say like chicken soup, but all say that it just adds a robust flavor to any food that it’s been added to.

It is beneficial due to the fact, that it is Naturally packed with vitamins, protein, and trace minerals.
An interesting side note: If you read the ingredient label of ANY Whole Food Vitamin, you will see that the main source of natural Vitamins and Trace minerals is derived from this amazing Naturally occurring product: Saccharomyces cerevisiae aka: Nutritional Yeast.
Once again affirming our Wonderful Creator!

From Healthline Article March 8, 2023:

Protein. Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids that you must obtain from food. It’s also a source of high-quality plant protein
B vitamins. Fortified nutritional yeast is especially rich in B vitamins, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and B6 and B12.
Trace minerals. These include zinc, selenium, manganese, and molybdenum, which are involved in gene regulation, metabolism, growth, and immunity.
B vitamins. Fortified nutritional yeast is especially rich in B vitamins, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and B6 and B12.
Trace minerals. These include zinc, selenium, manganese, and molybdenum, which are involved in gene regulation, metabolism, growth, and immunity.
Just 2 teaspoons (5 grams) of fortified nutritional yeast contain (2Trusted Source):

Calories: 20
Protein: 3 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Carbs: 2 grams
Sugar: 0 grams
Fiber: 4% of the Daily Value (DV)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 246% of the DV
Niacin (vitamin B3): 109% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 212% of the DV
Folate (vitamin B9): 59% of the DV
Vitamin B12: 313% of the DV
Iron: 2% of the DV
Potassium: 2% of the DV
For persons following a vegan diet, which excludes all animal products, the biggest challenge is getting enough vitamin B12 in their diet.

The vitamin that is essential for keeping your blood and nerve cells healthy. It also helps make DNA and prevent megaloblastic anemia, a blood condition that makes you feel weak and fatigued.

Notably, a mere 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast packs a whopping 313% of the DV for vitamin B12 .
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Dr. Axe Jan. 29, 2024 adds the following very important information about this wonderful supplement… verbatim.

 

“1. Preserves Immune Function

Nutritional yeast provides the compounds beta-1,3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione, all of which are associated with enhanced immune function. In fact, animal models have found that these compounds could help reduce the risk of infection in pigs by blocking harmful bacteria from attaching to the lining of the intestines.

Another animal model published in Anticancer Research even found that beta-glucan could be useful in the treatment of lymphoma in mice by decreasing tumor growth.

In addition, nutritional yeast has been shown to benefit human health, particularly by helping improve gut health due to its presence of probiotics. It’s also an easily accessible food source of protein, which plays a role in filling nutritional gaps to help keep the immune system in tip-top shape.

2. Holds Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties

In clinical trials, S. cerevisiae has been used to help “patients receiving antibacterial antibiotic therapy,” since it ” is the natural resistance of that to antibacterial antibiotics.” Yeasts have also been shown to hold antiviral and immune-modulating properties.

Due to the probiotic effects on nutritional yeast, it’s also been revealed as “a promising effective alternative or combination therapy for Candida infections.”

Meanwhile, animal studies show it can protect against E. coli, salmonella and staphylococcus.

3. May Improve Digestion

German monographs indicate nutritional yeast as a medicinal choice for diarrhea and loss of appetite, and studies showcase the digestive system benefits of nutritional yeast. The probiotics in nutritional yeast have shown positive effects on diarrheal patients, and although more research is needed, it may aid in the treatment of diarrhea.

In addition, nutritional yeast is helpful for those who suffer the symptoms of lactose intolerance since it does not contain any dairy products. One study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that Saccharomyces cerevisiae expresses significant sucrase and some isomaltase activity but no lactase activity, and it has been proposed to improve malabsorption in patients with sucrase-isomaltase deficiency who intentionally or unintentionally consume sucrose.

4. High in Protein

Nutritional yeast is a complete protein containing at least nine of the 18 amino acids that your body cannot produce. This is great news, especially for vegans and vegetarians who may struggle to find enough protein sources in the diet.

As a protein food, nutritional yeast benefits the entire body. When paired with a variety of other protein foods as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet, nutritional yeast can boost protein intake and ensure you get enough to meet your daily needs.

5. Promotes Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

Nutritional yeast contains many B vitamins, all of which tend to benefit healthy hair, skin and nails. Biotin, in particular, has been shown to support healthy hair, skin and nails. It also helps slow signs of skin aging, such as redness and skin spots.

Niacin, also found in nutritional yeast, is also often used to treat chronic acne and improve overall skin health.

6. Supports Healthy Pregnancy

Nutritional yeast is loaded with B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and folate. Not only are these key vitamins crucial to cell metabolism, mood regulation, nerve function and more, but they’re also critical to ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

Folate is especially important. It can help reduce the risk of birth defects and optimize fetal growth and development. Studies show that low levels of folate during pregnancy may actually be associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, neural tube defects and growth retardation.

7. Rich in Vitamin B12

One of the top benefits of nutritional yeast is its content of vitamin B12, an important water-soluble vitamin that is essential for DNA synthesis, red blood cell production and maintaining the health of the nervous system. Unfortunately, many vegans and vegetarians are at a higher risk for deficiency, as vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal products and select fortified foods.

The nutritional yeast B12 content can range, especially depending on whether it’s fortified or unfortified. However, studies show that supplementing with fortified nutritional yeast can be an effective way to restore vitamin B12 levels in those who are deficient.

8. May Support Healthy Cholesterol Levels

While research specifically on nutritional yeast’s effect on cholesterol, the beta-glucan it contains is known to help lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol. As research published in 2018 notes, “It has been demonstrated that β-glucans reduce levels of a non-high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (non-HDL-C) fraction that contains LDL-C without affecting HDL-C or triglyceride levels. β-glucans have been used to reduce blood cholesterol levels since the 1960s.

9. Boosts Energy

B12 in nutritional yeast has the ability to boost energy levels. That’s because vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in energy levels, helping with endurance, focus and more.”

Nutritional Yeast is “most popular among vegans and vegetarians, nutritional yeast flakes are delicious, adding amazing flavor and nutrition without the high fat and calories associated with cheese. For those who are lactose intolerant, nutritional yeast is a perfect choice because it can be sprinkled on pasta, salads, baked or mashed potatoes, soups, and even popcorn.

You can even use it to make a tasty nutritional yeast cheese sauce, without all the lactose, fat or calories found in regular cheese.”

 

So, do yourself and your family a favor. Learn to use this amazing seasoning for much of your cooking and baking. The benefits are beyond measure!

You can find our amazing Red Star Nutritional Yeast Flakes here!

 

May God Bless You and Yours,

Sue Meyer   ND CCH CST SpBAP

Here is a Healthy, Easy and Fun Recipe for the kid in you!

Easy Nutritional Yeast Crackers

1 c. Sourdough discard.
3 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp. Butter

Mix together, spread out evenly on parchment paper.
Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into 1-2 inch squares. Place bake in oven for another 30 minutes.
Remove from oven. Leave on pan until cool.
You now have yourself homemade Cheese it Crackers! Enjoy!

 

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