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Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast, similar to brewer's yeast, is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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It's not every day that I say that I enjoy eating my supplements, but I do really love eating nutritional yeast. It has a very nice savory flavor that is slightly (and I really do mean slightly) reminicient of cheese. It is also high in A LOT of vitamins and minerals, making it an important supplement to many vegan and vegetarian diets (note that not all nutritional yeast products contain vitamin B-12 - if a product does contain it, it has been fortified or added into the product).

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Even I don't completely understand the process, but according Red Star's website their yeast "is primary from pure strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown on mixtures of cane and beet molasses. After the fermentation process is completed, 'Cream yeast' is heated by means of a heat exchanger and held at pasteurization temperatures for a period long enough to inactivate the yeast. During this holding period, all necessary vitamins are added to meet the requirements of the specific type of nutritional yeast produced.

The yeast is then drum dried before it is ground and shipped to consumers. The drying process assures that all the cells are inactivated in order for the full nutritional benefits to be available."



To see what each of the different steps mean and to understand the process more, visit the Red Star website.

Red Star is only one manufacturer, so there may be other processes out there that make nutritional yeast a little bit differently.

How Is Nutritional Yeast Used?

A lot of people use it as a condiment, sprinkling a couple of tablespoons on salad, pasta or soup. I most frequently put it on vegan buttered toast, popcorn or on baked potatoes.

It can also be used in recipes. I will add a few tablespoons when I am mixing bread or biscuits or making a tofu scramble. I also enjoy making a vegan cheese where the base flavor is nutritional yeast - it's great to use in burritos. Find out more ways to use nutritional yeast in your vegan cooking.

Where Can Nutritional Yeast be Purchased?

If you're looking for a pre-packaged container of nutritional yeast, you'll want to look on the supplements aisle or the organic, specialty foods aisle. If your store also has a bulk foods section, you can usually find it there. You can usually find it as flakes or as a powder (I personally prefer flakes).

Tip: I highly recommend that if you have never had nutritional yeast before to purchase a very small amount in the bulk section. This way, you are not spending a lot of money and/or wasting a lot of nutritional yeast if you do not like it.

How Much Does It Cost?


Nutritional yeast is not inexpensive. If you purchase it in a small 5-ounce container it can cost about $5 to $7. A larger 22-ounce container can cost about $16 or $17, and if you buy it in bulk it's usually around $8/pound.

Depending on how you use it, though, even a small container can last you anywhere from weeks to months.

If you're not sure you like nutritional yeast, I also recommend trying out brewer's yeast, a similar supplement.

Do you like and/or use nutritional yeast?

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October 14, 2012
It looks like great stuff to me!
 
March 31, 2010
I had only ever had nutritional yeast when adding it to homemade vegan gravy, but I tried it on some pasta the other day as a parmesan cheese substitute. I'm hooked!
 
March 17, 2010
I LOVE nutritional yeast. I am constantly finding new ways to add it to our family's foods...
March 17, 2010
That's awesome!
 
March 15, 2010
I too use nutrional yeast. I use it atop almost everything that I eat, along with fresh ground flax seeds. First time I ate nutritional yeast was at the Red Vic in San Francisco in the late 80's. A wonderful movie theatre with couches and overstuffed chairs! Popcorn came with either nutiritional yeast of melted butter. First take... no soooo good. After that, the stuff is addicting... the body knows what's good!
March 17, 2010
When I first tried nutritional yeast I thought it was awful, but it's since grown on me with a vengeance - LOVE the stuff!
 
March 06, 2010
I love this stuff! I use it in risotto, pasta sauces, tofu ricotta, mac n cheese, scrambles, etc. I find it at Freddies in the bulk section for a little over $6 a pound, so that's not too bad. I also prefer the large flake to the smaller variety. Maybe I should review this stuff too...
 
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Quick Tip by . March 31, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
took tip from @devora &added to pasta as parmesan cheese substitute.I'm obsessed! now i want to use it all the time!
Quick Tip by . March 15, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
A nutritional must for us vegans.
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
Closest to parmesan cheese that vegan gets! Mix it with Bragg's Amino for a great veggie dip!
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My name is Samantha andIwrite www.NovelEats.com, a vegan food blog where I post recipes, how-to articles and advice for people who are considering incorporating vegan food into their diets. Ialso pride … more
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