Why is Nutritional Yeast so good for you?
Nutritional yeast, is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Our Nutritional yeast comes in the form of yellow flakes. For a long time it has been popular with vegans & vegetarians but it is more and more found in everyday cooking.
It is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins and contains trace amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12, another reason why it is popular with vegans as this is most commonly found in meat and dairy products.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty or cheesy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese, in, for example, mashed and fried potatoes or scrambled tofu, we even love it sprinkled on popcorn.
Nutritional yeast is a whole-cell inactive yeast that contains both soluble and insoluble parts, which is different from yeast extract. Yeast extract is made by centrifuging inactive nutritional yeast and concentrating the water soluble yeast cell proteins which are rich in glutamic acid, nucleotides, and peptides, the flavor compounds responsible for umami taste.