You may have never heard of it and yet it deserves to be known. Nutritional yeast is an “inactive” yeast that has many benefits. Rich in B vitamins, fiber and vegetable protein, it is the ideal ally for vegetarian and vegan diets. Bonus: It has a subtle cheese flavor. Composition, benefits, use: we tell you everything you need to know about this “gold dust” that you will soon no longer be able to live without.
Nutritional yeast, what is it?
Unlike baker’s yeast, which is “active” and used to ferment bread, nutritional yeast is “inactive.” It is obtained from a microorganism, the fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae, grown on sugar cane or beet molasses. Once harvested, these mushrooms are treated and pasteurized to render them “inactive” before being packaged. Typically, this yeast is fortified with nutrients, including B vitamins and magnesium.
The final product is sold as golden yellow flakes or powder, or in capsules. In terms of taste, the nutritional yeast has flavors of nuts and Parmesan cheese. It can be found in health food stores, organic grocery stores, and in the organic sections of certain grocery stores.
Why is it interesting?
This golden powder with cheesy flavors has multiple benefits. First of all, it is rich in B vitamins – mainly B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 – which are essential for our bodies. In addition to promoting the quality of sleep, energy production or mental balance, these vitamins are vital for the proper functioning of the nervous system and immune system, as Michel Cymes reminds us RTL†
Another undeniable advantage of this yeast: it is composed of more than 40% vegetable proteins. Just two teaspoons of this powder contain 9g of protein, more than a chicken egg. Nutritional yeast is therefore especially interesting for people who are going to eat vegan, vegan or less meat. To add to the list of key ingredients to meet your protein needs, which we present to you here.
Finally, nutritional yeast is high in fiber and easy to digest. It is also gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free and free of cholesterol, sodium and saturated fats. It is clearly a healthy, tasty and natural food.
Specifically, how do you use it in the kitchen?
Nutritional yeast can be sprinkled on all your dishes: soups, salads, rice, pasta, vegetables, etc. It is also delicious on gratins, pies and other savory preparations for baking in the oven. In addition to providing you with its nutritional benefits, it will add a unique flavor to your meals… which could leave you addicted. You can also use it as an ingredient in certain recipes, including the vegetable parmesan that we present to you in this article.
And voila, you know all about nutritional yeast, also known as “vegan Parmesan”. One thing is for sure, if you try it, you may very well adopt it!