Nutritional yeast, a.k.a. “Nooch,” is a delicious food that can be used to add a cheesy flavored zest to a number of dishes which makes it perfect for vegans, vegetarians or just about anybody. The reason it is called “nutritional” yeast is because it is jam packed with protein, vitamins and micronutrients.
Here are some reasons why you should be adding this super food to your meals:
It’s a Complete Protein
Nutritional yeast is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Adding this to dishes is an easy way to make up any protein deficiencies you might have.
It’s Naturally Packed Full of B Vitamins
Nutritional yeast naturally contains high levels of B vitamins. Regardless, many companies fortify their nutritional yeast with synthetic B vitamins. This is good if you are deficient in something like B12, but I generally recommend avoiding fortified nutritional yeast or any fortified foods for that matter. One of the reasons why is because synthetic folic acid (a form of vitamin B9) has been linked with various kinds of cancers, so I avoid it whenever possible, which is almost impossible these days.
Nutritional yeast naturally contains folate, which is the much preferred, food-based form of vitamin B9. There are still plenty of B vitamins in nutritional yeast, so it pays to find a brand that doesn’t fortify.
My favorite brand of nutritional yeast is Sari Foods “Pure Natural Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast Flakes.” This stuff is super delicious, and I add to it just about everything in copious amounts. You can buy it here if you are interested: