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Guest Post: Nicole from Prevention RD

Posted Dec 26 2009 5:50am

Nicole was nice enough to do a guest post for me while I’m in L.A. hanging with the stars (just kidding, or maybe not).  As someone who has recently discovered nutritional yeast (or nooch), as a fun topping on my popcorn, it was so fun to learn more from Nicole.  Enjoy, and don’t forget to check her fantastic blog too!

Hello followers of Morgan!

I am Nicole, a Registered Dietitian and a lover of all things food. I have been delving deeper and deeper into food, nutrition, and myself over the past 10 years as I lost 80 pounds, pursued a bachelor’s, master’s, and dietetic internship, and now in starting my career as an out-patient dietitian. My passion lies with weight management and type 2 diabetes, and this is the population I work with 99% of my days.

Even as a dietitian, I find myself struggling at times with the balance of life, optimal health, and proper nutrition. I began blogging back in June for fun, as a way to stay on my nutrition "A-game" as I was searching for my first job and in transition from my wonderful home of Chicago to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here in Tulsa, I am a first time home-owner, newlywed, and mother to a bulldog puppy and a little white snake. I play ice-hockey and love to run. My hobbies include travel, reading, blogging, wine, cooking, and eating. If eating is considered a hobby, that is.

Continue reading for some great tips, uses, and benefits of nutritional yeast — a new addition to my arsenal. And please feel free to swing by Prevention RD or email me at Mrs.RD44@gmail.com for any questions or comments!
Happy Holidays!
Nicole M., MS, RD, LD

Nutritional yeast is a commonly found, inexpensive addition to lots of dishes in my house. Nutritional yeast is nearly fat-free and loaded with B vitamins — 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12…and protein!

I serving (1 1/2 tablespoons) of nutritional yeast provides: 60 calories, 0.83 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 5 milligrams of sodium, 320 milligrams of potassium, 7 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein, as well as 640% DV Thiamin (B1), 565% DV Riboflavin (B2), 280% DV Niacin (B3), 480% DV Vitamin B6, and 133% DV of Vitamin B12. That’s a lot of nutrition…with lots of great taste!

Nutritional yeast is shelf-stable. It has a light, airy, flaky consistency with a mild Parmesan cheese-like flavor. I enjoy sprinkling nutritional yeast on my casseroles, main dishes, rice, pasta, vegetables, and more! It is very versatile! I sneak nutritional yeast into a LOT of dishes and my husband has not a clue! It’s a lot of bang for a small buck.

And for a refresher on the importance of B-vitamins, I consulted the American Cancer Society’s website which concisely covers the rolls of the various B-vitamins in the body [1]:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) help the body produce energy and affect enzymes that influence the muscles, nerves, and heart.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) has a role in energy production in cells and in maintaining the health of the skin, nervous system, and digestive system.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) influences normal growth and development.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the body break down protein and helps maintain the health of red blood cells, the nervous system, and parts of the immune system.
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin) helps break down protein and carbohydrates and helps the body make hormones.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) helps the cells in the body make and maintain DNA and is important in the production of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) plays a role in the body’s growth and development. It also has a part in producing blood cells, the functions of the nervous system, and how the body uses folic acid and carbohydrates.

Vitamin B deficiency can cause anemia, fatigue, decreased appetite, hair loss, abdominal pain, poor growth in children, birth defects, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, muscle cramps, and respiratory infections [1].

So why don’t ya eat some nutritional yeast?

[1]. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3x_Vitamin_B_Complex.asp

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