Not sure why I am just discovering this now but I am thrilled! I just bought some Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast and tried it on popcorn that I made on the stove. OMG! It was fabulous! It has a delicious cheesy flavor that is simply amazing. What makes it so amazing is that it is gluten-free, dairy-free, sodium-free, sugar-free and packed with vitamins to make it an awesome addition to popcorn, salads, vegetables, pasta, soup or anything you want to add nutrition and a cheesy-like flavor. 1 Tsp adds 3 grams of a complete protein as well as a load of B-vitamins like B-12 and folic acid.
It is perfect to add to your family’s meal for added nutrition and is a must for vegans and vegetarians. If you are trying to go dairy free and miss your cheese – this is a healthy option! I am just amazed that I am only discovering this now. Where have I been?
If you haven’t tried it yet – I suggest you get some right away to see what you have been missing!
A deactivated yeast that is sold as a food product, nutritional yeast usually comes in the form of flakes or powder. Often from a strain of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, it has a strong, savory flavor that is variously described as cheesy, nutty and tangy. It is popular with vegans as a substitute for cheese in recipes.
Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing yeast for several days in a nutrient growth medium (often glucose from beet molasses or sugarcane) and then deactivating it with heat. Nutritional yeast differs from yeast used in baking and brewing in that the strains exhibit a different look, feel and color, and are specifically chosen and cultured for this use.
The health benefits of health benefits include: it is a complete protein, providing all 18 amino acids, making it a good alternative to animal-based proteins. It is also a good source of fiber, and contains B-complex vitamins. It is sometimes fortified with vitamin B12, which is naturally obtained through red meat, eggs, fish, shellfish and dairy – another reason it is popular with vegans (and vegetarians). It is low in sodium and provides iron, selenium, folic acid and potassium.