Nutritional Yeast- What the heck is it?!
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast grown on sugarcane and beat molasses. Derived from the same species of yeast which is also used in winemaking, baking and brewing
Nutritional yeast comes in flakes, granules or powder form, is yellow/golden in color and has a nutty, cheesy flavor
Why is it good to eat? Well, this interesting ingredient is a complete protein meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids, high in B-complex vitamins, contains beta-1,3 glucagon which aids in immunity, anti-bacterial properties, high in folate which aids in healthy pregnancy and improves digestion
As with any new food, always try it in small amounts first to see how your body reacts.
Here is the nutritional breakdown for one serving, which is ¼ cup. Keep in mind that this shows a fortified version. You can purchase nutritional yeast that has not been fortified as well.
5 calories from fat
5 grams carbohydrates (2 percent DV)
4 grams fiber (16 percent DV)
9 grams protein
0.5 grams fat (1 percent DV)
25 milligrams sodium (1 percent DV)
790 percent DV of thiamine (vitamin B1)
570 percentDV of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
300 percent DV of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
230 percent DV of niacin (Vitamin B3)
290 percent DV of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
270 percent DV of folate (vitamin B9)
20 percent DV of zinc