How to Enjoy the Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

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Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast is a high flavor, nutrient packed food found in health food stores and natural food markets. It is not a well known food, but for the people who have discovered the benefits of nutritional yeast, it is a truly remarkable find.

Nutritional Yeast, not to be confused with very similar brewers yeast, is a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is also used in baking, brewing, and wine making. To get to the nutritional yeast form, the yeast is grown in a sugar media then dried and deactivated. The nutritional yeast is then sold as small flakes or ground into even smaller pieces.

Nutritional Yeast is especially high in B-complex vitamins and health conscious consumers will be happy to know that nutritional yeast is a good substitute for cheese and salt because it is naturally low in fat and sodium making it a tool for weight loss. It is also complete protein which makes it popular with vegans. Here are a few ways you can add nutritional yeast to your meals and reap the benefits of this wonder food.

Nutrients Per 1 heaping tablespoon
  • Calories 60
  • Total Fat 1 gram
  • Carbohydrate 7 grams
  • Fiber 4 grams
  • Protein 8 grams
  • Sodium 5 milligrams Daily Value = DV
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) 640% (DV)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 560% DV
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) 280% DV
  • Vitamin B6 480% DV
  • Folic Acid 60% DV
  • Vitamin B12 130% DV
  • Selenium 30% DV
  • Zinc 20% DV

===Fried Tofu===

Scramble massed fresh tofu and nutritional yeast together as you fry the mixture. Throw in some chopped onions or peppers to dress it up. The combination looks somewhat like scrambled eggs and has a wonderful nutty flavor.

===Fried Potatoes===

Add Nutritional yeast for a great addition to fried diced potatoes, replacing the salt you might normally add.

===Quinoa or Couscous===

Mix nutritional yeast into cooked quinoa or couscous, along with some vegetables. Again it provides a complete protein, low fat flavoring to the dish.

===Substitute for Parmesan Cheese===

Use nutritional yeast or brewers yeast on pasta or garlic toast or  anywhere else you would normally use parmesan cheese.  The yeast provides a similar flavor but with far less fat or calories. This can help your family lose weight because you are substituting a lower calorie, lower fat and vegan option for the parmesan cheese.

===Yellow Toast-the Author's Personal Favorite ===

Spread some low-fat margarine on your toast, then dust with a teaspoon of nutritional yeast. Tip the loose excess yeast back in the container (no harm, you never touched it). Enjoy your flavored toast with all the vitamins added as an incredibly tasty snack or breakfast option.

===Where to Get Nutritional Yeast===

Most mainline grocery stores do not carry nutritional yeast, but most health or natural food stores do carry some version of the product.  Look to buy in bulk to save if you will be using nutritional yeast as a food not a supplement. If you prefer not to chase around town looking for a store that carries nutritional yeast check out the wide selection at Amazon including bulk and pill forms.