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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nutritional Yeast

I have had a few people email me and ask why I use nutritional yeast in some of my cooking. The short of it is it boosts the nutritional value of my foods and it tastes good.

So then…what is it?

First let me tell you what it is not. Nutritional yeast is NOT the same as brewer’s yeast…used in helping beer. It is NOT baking yeast…used in bread making. It is also NOT Torula yeast…a by-product of paper production.

So then…again…what is it?

It is a great source of proteins and B-complex vitamins. It has a nutty cheesy flavor but sugar-free, low fat, gluten-free, sodium free and dairy free. It is a complete protein so a great option for me to help boost my protein intake without a lot of what I do not want.

The Nutritional breakdown on this wonderful item is as follows:

  • Amount Per Serving (2T)
  • Calories: 60
  • Total Fat: 0g 
  • Total Carbs: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 9g

A fabulous boost for sure. I have used it as a topping…think popcorn, mashed potatoes, eggs. I have added it to recipes…think Vegan Taco Soup, Black Bean Soup. I have added it to various food items items…think spaghetti sauce, meatloaf. For me it is as good in or on a lot of things.

So where might you find it?

I have not found it at your typical grocery store but I have found it online as well as my local health foods store in the bulk bin section.

After I have my surgery, protein will be the most important thing I make sure to have, so adding a tablespoon or 2 to things will certainly help me with this goal.

Have you used Nutritional yeast? What are your thoughts?

Trish

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