Sunday, April 27, 2008

Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Recently, I noted briefly utilize nutritional yeast as a way to aid in weight loss and a detoxification diet. Nutritional yeast is a key addition to any diet and should be used daily. I have often used it when I felt that my immune system was depressed or I was catching colds frequently. I equate nutritional yeast as important as yogurt in the diet.

Yeast belongs to the same family as edible mushrooms and the beneficial organisms used for medical and veterinary use. It may be considered man¹s oldest industrial micro-organism. With the invention of the microscope, it became possible to isolate yeast in pure culture form. The pioneering scientific work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860’s has resulted in the ability today to commercially produce baker’s yeast, wine yeast, and nutritional yeast. The result is being able to consume a high quality yeast containing protein composed of essential and non-essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals

Yeast is an excellent source of protein (52%), containing essential amino acids.

Rich in vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins. An excellent source of folic acid, which is important for formation, growth, and reproduction of red blood cells.

Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids (forming the complete protein) and 15 minerals.

The best ways to get the benefits of Nutritional Yeast in your diet:

  • Use it as a condiment sprinkled on the evening meal of rice and vegetables, or on popcorn for snack time.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup liquid to gravies and sauces.
  • Add a tablespoon per 2 cups mixture to vegetable, bean and grain burgers.
  • Use 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast along with each cup of flour or meal in baked goods.
  • Make a yeast "cheese" to adorn a vegan pizza or lasagna.
  • Add it to your cat or dog's food to help eliminate fleas and promote a healthy coat and good general nutrition.


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