Since turning Vegan, one of my favourite products to use is Nutritional Yeast, not only is it great for Vegans as it contains the vitamin B12 but it also adds so much flavour to a meal 🙂
What is Nutritional Yeast?
Not to be confused with conventional yeast that we use to make bread, nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast.
It is a purely natural food source that comes from a strain of Saccharomyces Cerevasiae, grown on purified molasses. It is then harvested, washed and heated to ‘deactivate it’ and therefore it doesn’t froth up like conventional Brewer’s yeast.
It contains no genetically modified organisms and is completely suitable for vegetarians and vegans 🙂 ( just be careful which brand you use if you are vegan as some of the US brands contain whey).
What does it taste like?
Nooch can be bought as a powder or more commonly in flakes. This makes it easy to sprinkle on top of meals and to easily dissolve if making a sauce.
Nutritional yeast has a savoury cheesy nutty taste and is used in a lot of vegan recipes that would normally call for cheese, such as cheese sauces, macaroni cheese or cauliflower cheese 🙂 I have made a few so I will have to upload recipes too 🙂
The main health benefit of nutritional yeast is that it is rich in B Vitamins and Zinc. Vitamin B12 is considered an essential supplement for Vegans, B12 is found in most animal products so we can sometimes struggle to get enough on a Vegan diet. B12 is essential for the functioning of our brain and nervous system and B Vitamins help to give us energy. It’s not only Vegans who can be deficient in B Vitamins, so Nooch is a great easy way to pack some into your diet!
Nutritional Yeast has a distinct cheesy flavour and has less calories than the UK’s most favourite cheese, more protein and far less fat too. Not only is it packed with vitamins but it is completely cruelty free, no animals are harmed 😀
Where to buy?
You can get your hands on all kinds of brands of Nooch from Amazon but I personally buy mine from http://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk where it is around £2.50 and with free postage too 😀
Don’t let the name put you off, it really is a great thing to have in your cupboard to sprinkle over your meals 🙂