Nutritional Yeast: A Nutrient-Packed Superfood

Nutritional Yeast -- 1 / From The Fields Organic Nutritional Yeast Flakes 2 / Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning 3 /NOW Nutritional Yeast 4 / Dr Fuhrman”s Nutritional Yeast, Non-fortified 5 / Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Yeast


Nutritional yeast, also known as nooch, is grown specifically as a dietary supplementation. It is grown on a solution, commonly concentrated extracted juices of sugar cane and/or sugar beets.

The valued nutrients from nutritional yeast are glutathione, Beta-glucans, essential amino acids (proteins that are typically present in animal sources), B vitamins (including B12 which is also from animal sources) and trace minerals such as chromium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. This nutritent-rich yeast supports the immune system, has antibacterial, antiviral and probiotic properties.

Both nutritional yeast and brewer’s yeast belong to a type of species called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a single cell fungus. According to an yeast expert Seymour Pomper, Ph.D., different strains of this species exhibit slightly different characteristics that make them uniquely suitable for different applications.

Like brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast is also dried at a high temperature causing the yeast to become a deactivated form. This means it will not be able to reproduce in the human body. Also, nutritional yeast is not related to Candida albicans yeast responsible for causing infection due to yeast overgrowth.

Because nutritional yeast has a mild cheesy taste, it is commonly used as a cheese substitute. It comes in either powder or flake form. You can sprinkle onto food, add to gravies, sauces, smoothies and juices. Taking more than 3 tablespoons a day may raise uric acid levels.

Sugar beets are often genetically modified so that they are assumed to be gluten-free. Look for sugarcane molasses or organic sugar. Organic nutritional yeast is non fortified, that is no addition of vitamins is permitted.