Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated form of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), that is full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

It is dairy free, gluten free and has a savory, cheesy flavor.

Nutritional information:

  • A complete protein, meaning it includes all nine of the essential amino acids
  • Contains almost eight grams of protein for every two tablespoons.
  • Nutritional yeast is a good source of b vitamins like: niacin (B3), thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folic acid (B9), cyanocolbalamin (B12), pyridoxine (B6)
  • High in fibre: 2 tablespoons (21 grams) of nutritional yeast flakes may provide about 5 grams of dietary fiber
  • Contains antioxidants and trace minerals

Additional benefits:

  • It’s a great source of B12 for vegetarians and vegans
  • The fiber in nutritional yeast, beta-glucans may reduce cholesterol levels. Beta-glucans are also believed to strengthen the immune system
  • A low glycemic food that contains chromium, a mineral that may help regulate your blood sugar.

Some ways to incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet:

  • Sprinkle it on dishes like you would parmesan cheese
  • Add it to popcorn or kale chips
  • Mage a vegan cheese sauce

Nutritional yeast can cause some digestive upset if introduced into your diet too quickly or in large amounts. It also has tyramine which can be a trigger for migraines. 

Dr. Lindsey Hanson

Dr. Lindsey Hanson

Dr. Lindsey Hanson is a Naturopathic Doctor at Marda Loop Naturopathic and Wellness Clinic in Calgary, Alberta. 📅 Book Your Appointment With Dr. Hanson 📞Call Us

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