Nutritional yeast health benefits are numerous. It is an ingredient I use often in my vegan recipes. To be honest, I was not familiar with it before becoming a vegan.
Now I make sure I always have some on my pantry shelf.
Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
Just searching for nutritional yeast on the world wide web offers lots of interesting facts and studies. This great ingredient adds protein, minerals and vitamins to foods. It also lowers cholesterol and improves immunity. As an antioxidant, it therefor helps counter act free radicals and protects cells from oxidative damage. The benefits also include being low in calorie. It is packed with fiber so introduce it into your diet in limited amounts to see how your body reacts to it.
The uses of Nutritional Yeast
Vegans use this ingredient as a substitute for grated cheese. Of course if you are not vegan but want a healthier ingredient over the cheese then this may be an ingredient to consider. The flavor of this yeast (not to be confused with bakers yeast) has a salty or tangy taste. I use it in my home made vegan butter and cheese.
Besides using it for recipes, I also sprinkle it over popcorn, salads, cooked vegetables, pasta and rice.
MSG Isn’t Always Bad!
“Wait a minute” was my first thought when I found out the savory flavor of this healthy ingredient came from naturally occurring MSG. As it turns out, MSG doesn’t have to be bad. Tomatoes also have a naturally occurring MSG. I found some interesting facts from looking around on other sites devoted to this subject.
Side effects may then appear in some individuals because it is a naturally occurring MSG. Some of those side effects may include:
Headaches or Migraine Attacks (just like other MSG food side effects.)
Facial flushing may occur
Individual with yeast intolerance may notice symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
Because it produced by culturing a yeast it is not recommended for those suffering from candida albicans
So like anything else. Use a small amount to see how your body reacts.
I love using nutritional yeast in my recipes and on top of my foods. It is just one of many great things I have discovered on my vegan journey.