Nutricional Yeast Flakes


Nutritional yeast is a savoury substitute used to add a cheesy flavour to dairy-free dishes. Nutritional yeast is a species of yeast known as “Saccharomyces cerevisiae”. While brewer’s and baker’s yeasts are technically made from the same species of yeast, it is essential to note that nutritional yeast is a very different product. Nutritional yeast is grown specifically to be used as a food. To produce it cells are grown for several days on a sugar-rich medium like molasses. The yeast is then deactivated with heat, harvested, washed and dried. Crushed into a powder or into flakes and is ready to be added to our food. The yeast cells are killed during manufacturing so nutritional yeast is not alive, it’s a fermented, deactivated yeast that doesn’t grow. It is used in cooking to give a cheesy, nutty flavour to dairy-free recipes and is a popular food product used in vegan cooking to add protein and additional vitamins and minerals to one’s diet.

Studies have shown that due to its nutritional content, yeast in this form has a wide range of potential health benefits, from increasing a person’s energy, supporting their immune system, to protecting the body from free radical damage.

– It is naturally low in kilojoules and sodium. It’s free from sugar, gluten, grains (wheat, corn, rice), soy, eggs, starch, colours or preservatives.

– Nutritional yeast is a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can only get from food.

– It is rich in B vitamins (especially rich in thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6 and B12).

– It contains minerals such as zinc, selenium and manganese.


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