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The Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast is a powerhouse of nutrients and I believe is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, especially for those who are vegan or vegetarian.  It is one of the few non-animal sources of B-12, is rich in folic acid and many other nutrients and amino acids.  This is not your typical yeast and is free of the Candida Albicans strain, making it safe for those concerned with candida.

Nutritional Yeast is very rich in B vitamins, including B12, which is what gives it that yellow color.  One serving of nutritional yeast, about ½-1 Tbsp, provides the full amount of B12 needed for an adult in day, not bad.  It is a great source of 18 amino acids, protein, folic acid, biotin and other vitamins.  It is also rich in 15 minerals including iron, magnesium, phorphorus, zinc, and chromium, and selenium. 

It is grown on beet sugar and molasses, fermented and dried so it is gluten free and non-yeast forming in the body.  Most companies dry it at a high heat so it is not a raw food.  There might be a couple of companies who sell it raw but I am not aware of them.  My understanding is that the yeast needs to be heated so that it is not live and active in the body, causing any yeast production in the GI tract.  So for raw foodists it might be a cooked ingredient that is an expection.

I highly recommend it for babies/toddlers who are not nursing and using formula.  Also, if your baby is using my Homemade Baby Formula or any other homemade recipe, the addition of nutritional yeast would be wise and very beneficial for your growing infant and toddler.  If you are giving goat’s milk to your baby, toddlers and kids, nutritional yeast would be an important addition because goat milk is low in B12, iron and folic acid, while the yeast provides good amounts of those nutrients.

It is interesting that any time I have kids over, ranging from ages 1-5, they LOVE my air popped popcorn because I sprinkle a lot of nutritional yeast over the top.  The kids will sit there and lick the yeast off the bottom of the popcorn bowl J  Moms are always surprised but I tell them that they know what their body needs and craves and nutritional yeast seems to be one of them.  My son actually takes my bag of nutritional yeast and eats it straight!  Another great way to feed it to your kids and family is to sprinkle it into a smoothie or over toast, into dishes such as soup, quinoa, stir fry, dressings, sauces, pates, etc.  It adds a delicious cheesy and nutty taste and adds so much flavor and creaminess.

You can buy it in the bulk section at Whole Foods and various health food stores or try brands such as Red Star, Health Best, etc.

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21 Comments on “The Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast”

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  4. Pamela Says:

    When my daughter was younger she used to refer to nutritional yeast as sugar. We are vegetarian and use it on so many things – al lthe kids on our block love my popcorn too – it is the nutritional yeast!

  5. admin Says:

    That is funny with your daughter. My son, 3 1/2, still loves having a bowl of nutritional yeast that I mix with olive oil and Celtic salt and he eats it plain with his fingers :) I have yet to meet a child who does not love nutritional yeast once they taste it!

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  10. Hadley V. Baxendale Says:

    Keep in mind that B-12 is added to nutritional yeast. Some brands have a small about of B-12 that is not added, but in most it is an added ingredient (like taking a B-12 pill) — the other B vitamins are natural.

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  16. LynnCS Says:

    Thank you so much for enlightening me on the values of nutritional yeast. I don’t see anything about salt, so I assume there is none. I have the feeling I’ve eaten something salty when I add it to my food. Does it contain salt, or is that just part of the experience. I love this stuff and hope it is not full of sodium. I’ll do some more searching, but xing my fingers here. Anyone? Thanks!

  17. admin Says:

    Hi, I know we love nutritional yeast in this house. It does not have sodium added so when you have tried it previously and there was a salty taste that must have been because salt was added. We mix it with Celtic Sea Salt which is a nutritious salt rich in over 70 minerals and the combo is delicious.


  18. Nevada_Smith Says:

    Brewer’s yeast constains only natural ingredients but nutritional yeast is fortified with sythetic vitamins which I prefer to avoid when it comes to folic acid.

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