What’s the ‘nutritional value’ of Nutritional Yeast?

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

Most people don’t think of ‘yeast’ as appetizing… I know I certainly didn’t. Now it seems I’m putting it on everything and would encourage you to give it a try.

Why? First of all it’s delicious! Nutritional yeast has a cheese-like taste and can be sprinkled on foods like you would parmesan cheese. So why not just use parmesan? Per ¼ cup serving, nutritional yeast has less than half the calories of parmesan and 5g protein; 50 calories per ¼ cup to be exact – Not bad for yeast!

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast grown on a sugar cane or beet medium.  As it grows, B vitamins are added to the medium which boost its vitamin and mineral content. Some brands even fortify the stuff with vitamin B12, making it a valuable supplement for those following a vegan diet. It’s also a complete source of protein and gluten-free!

Here are some of the delicious ways you can use flaked nutritional yeast:


  • Sprinkle over salads or veggies that have been cooked, steamed, roasted, or sauteed.
  • Toss with freshly popped popcorn for a tasty and nutritious snack and forgo the butter.
  • Mix into cooked whole grains like barley, whole wheat pasta or quinoa and get that cheesy flavour for a lot less calories!

So what do I recommend? Try “Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Food Yeast” (sold at various health food stores, and grocery stores like Whole Foods Market) – Enjoy