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Nutritional Yeast

Posted Jan 10 2012 11:23am
How many of you have heard of this cooking ingredient?  How many have used it in anything?  I had been vegetarian for over 5 years before I heard of it.  Anyway, so now I've used this ingredient in several recipes, mainly casseroles and gravies.  However, I still wasn't too sure about what the benefits were to it.  I know they recommended using it in these recipes because it made it seem creamier since I wasn't using cheese (I dabble in vegan recipes because of the health benefits and they are yummy!!!).  So I decided to do a little research.

This is what I found on Wikipedia which I know isn't always accurate so I would welcome anyone who has a better source of info to let me know

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast , usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae . [1] Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it. This is commercially available in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal , and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores . It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment . [2]

Nutritional yeast flakes
It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein . It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugar , dairy , and gluten . Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12 . When fortified, the vitamin B12 is produced separately (commonly Cyanocobalamin ) and then added to the yeast because yeasts are fungi, whereas B12 is synthesized only by bacteria. [3] [4] [5]
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of parmesan cheese . Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn , typically paired with pickles . It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as put into scrambled tofu or eggs. Some movie theaters offer it along with salt or cayenne pepper as a popcorn condiment. [6]

What do you think?  I think I should try adding it to my menu more often after reading the benefits.

So I got my self new running shoes and even though they didn't have it in the color I wanted it was a killer deal and so far after breaking them in for 1 week I love them!!  I think these are stiffer in the front around the ball of the foot then my last ones and that is what the doctor recommended for the extra support I needed so that I wouldn't experience the pain on the top of my foot.  Extra bonus there was no child labor used to produce these shoes!  I spent most of last weekend indoors which meant less mileage but I was a little down and spent most of my time on the couch watching Netflix so I'm glad I still managed to make myself get to the gym!  This week already looks way more promising!  Happy Running!
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