Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast of the strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae that has been cultured on a medium of cane sugar and/or molasses, pasteurised, dried, then flaked or powdered. The resulting yellow flakes or powder is a rich mix of B-complex vitamins (some brands are fortified with vitamin B12), minerals and all 18 amino acids (one serving of 1 1/2 tablespoons contains an amazing 8 grams of protein). It is naturally low in fat and sodium.
Cheesy with a strong umami flavour similar to Parmesan cheese, it is used widely in vegan and raw recipes to impart a cheesy or eggy flavour. It can be sprinkled onto food as it is, or used in dressings, cultured dairy-free cheeses and more.
Two common brands of nutritional yeast are Bob’s Red Mill and Red Star. Do not confuse nutritional yeast with brewer’s yeast, which has an entirely different flavour and is not particularly desirable.« Back to Glossary Index