Between more people adhering to a plant based diet and the increase in those that are lactose intolerant or lactose sensitive, more people are discovering nutritional yeast.
With a nutty cheesy flavor it’s become a staple among vegans.
Most commonly found in a natural or health food store, rather than the large box stores and standard grocery stores. Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. It’s a great source of B-complex vitamins and comes in flakes, granules, or a powder.
Vegans use it to replace cheese in recipes for its taste but it may have some health benefits as well.
Nutritional yeast can help to lower cholesterol, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation. It is also one of the only plant sources of B12 and can boast of being a good source of high-quality protein. Having a long shelf life, nooch is can be added to many foods, not just to add that savory umami flavor, but also extra vitamins and minerals.
Type-2 diabetics are reporting a reduced glucose level after using nutritional yeast, is it a coincidence?
But as with just about everything in life, it’s best not to introduce it too much and too quickly. As a good source of dietary fiber, it may be best to take it easy and introduce it slowly so as to avoid abdominal shock and discomfort. That would be code for bathroom issues. You know, that too much of a good thing is not good. You can certainly start with smaller doses and increase in time, as your body gets used to it.
You’ll want to read the packaging carefully to check if the fortified nooch contains compounds like tyramine, known to trigger headaches and migraine attacks, if you’re prone to them.
There are many ways to incorporate nutritional yeast into your culinary creations. Added to fresh hot popcorn is delicious giving it a cheesy taste and texture. The same holds true with adding it to your pasta dishes. Adding a tablespoon or two to soups gives a savory umami kind of flavor, as well as giving a thicker more hearty broth. Many people simply sprinkle a tablespoon on top of steamed veggies, it’s both delicious and an edible garnish.
For those who keep a kosher diet, that prohibits the mixing of meat and dairy, this can be a real game changer. The recipes that were often avoided because of the mixing are now a more viable option. The thought of chicken parmesan, tacos, or a beef and cheese manicotti was never a consideration for those that are strictly kosher, until nutritional yeast growing popularity.
Because of the natural healthful benefits, many dog and cat owners are giving a little sprinkle on top of their regular food. They also enjoy the flavor, or so it seems.
Another benefit of nutritional yeast is it’s high level of B12, known to aid in weight loss, by helping the body break down proteins and fats and convert them into energy.
So go ahead, and shake that stuff on everything!
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