I was a vegetarian many moons ago so I am grateful to have maintained a love for many of my veggie eating habits. Back then we didn't have the same options as there are today, so I basically lived off of veggies, beans and rice with the occassional slice of tofu. It is quite incredible for me to see the plethera of options that vegetarians and vegans have now. My Mom was always concerned about my B vitamin levels during those primitive veggie years (and rightfully so) until we found Nutritional Yeast Flakes. From that moment I fell in love and I put it on everything, veggies, mashed potato, pasta, rice, beans, popcorn...
So what is it?
Nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to “deactivate” it. Don't worry it belongs to the plant kingdom but more specifically the fungus family, so it is perfect for veggies and vegans as well as Chigans.
As I mentioned, nutritional yeast provides a natural source of Vitamin B complex, protein and other healthy goodness. It has a cheese-like flavour, it is low in sodium, chlolesterol-free, and provides added nutrition when added to a variety of meals.
Nutritional yeast is also affectionately known as “nooch” and popular brands are Red Star, Engevita, found in the UK and in Australia look for "savory yeast flakes". Be mindful to check the credentials of the brand to ensure it's a good source of vitamin B12 and importantly (for vegans) that it contains no whey, which is an animal product that is found in some other brands.
Try it...you might love it and your body will too.
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