Nutritional Yeast - What is it and What are the Benefits?
What is it?
Unlike other yeasts used in producing items like bread and beer, nutritional yeast is specifically grown to be used as a food product. People eating plant-based diets tend to include nutritional yeast in their food as it is highly nutritious in key vitamins, and can be used as a replacement for cheese - given its cheesy, nutty flavour.
There are two types of nutritional yeast, fortified and unfortified. Pips sell fortified nutritional yeast, which means that it contains vitamins such as B-12 to boost its nutrient content. Unfortified yeast typically does not contain added vitamins or minerals.
What are the ways to eat it?
Nutritional yeast can be eaten in a number of ways. The most common way is to cook it within dishes, such as casseroles and pasta, as a replacement for cheese. You can also chose to sprinkle it on dishes at the end, to add a nutty, cheesy taste and has a light crispy texture when uncooked.
What are the nutritional benefits?
It is a complete protein: Nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids. Just one tablespoon of yeast contains 2g protein, making it an easy and tasty way to consume high-quality protein.
It contains a variety of B vitamins: One tablespoon of nutritional yeast contains up to 180% of the recommended daily intake for B vitamins. When fortified, it can contain nutrients like riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin and thiamine.
It contains minerals: One tablespoon contains up to 30% of the recommended daily intake for minerals like zinc, selenium and manganese.