Health basics: What is nutritional yeast?

Thursday, February 23, 2012 by: PF Louis
Tags: nutritional yeast, B vitamins, superfood

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Cannabis dissolves cancerous tumor in young infant, deemed a 'miracle baby' by physician
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
CDC admits it has been lying all along about Ebola transmission; "indirect" spread now acknowledged

(NaturalNews) Nutritional yeast is an excellent vegetarian source of almost all B complex vitamins. Vegetarians and vegans should include it in their diet. It contains an abundance of all amino acids to form a complete protein.

The B vitamins in abundance include B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), and B9 (folic acid). Nutritional yeast flakes are also a good source of selenium and zinc. A few nutritional yeast products are enriched with B12.

Vegans who eschew all animal products such as dairy and eggs are especially vulnerable to B12 deficiency. This can lead to low energy and anemia, among other ailments. The liver is capable of storing B12 for three to five years, so if it's been that long for you as a vegan without eggs or dairy, supplementing B12 is vital.

Your red blood cells are oxygen carriers that die off every three months or so. They have to be replaced, along with the balancing of B12 with other B vitamins, especially folate B9 (natural folic acid). The B vitamins, also important for neurological health, are water soluble and need to be added often.

What's tricky is that supplemented B12 struggles to get past the stomach. It breaks down considerably due to stomach acids. That's why B12 shots are administered often to those who are anemic or have low energy.

If you live in Mexico or another Latin American country, you can buy syringes and B12 to inject yourself without a prescription. Otherwise, if you're a strict vegan, it's a good idea to go sublingual with B12 supplements even if your nutritional yeast is enriched with B12.

Describing nutritional yeast flakes

Nutritional yeast is cultivated via beet and cane molasses fermentation for approximately a week, then dried, and packaged as flakes, both large and small. Despite this process, there are no glucose or gluten concerns. But if overheated, there can be some free glutamates released.

Don't confuse deactivated nutritional yeast with brewer's yeast, which is a byproduct of brewing beer, or baker's yeast, which is activated to make bread rise. Nutritional yeast is derived from a single cell organism called Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Unlike those other foul tasting yeast forms, nutritional yeast has a light nutty or slightly cheesy taste. Some vegans use it to replace parmesan cheese as a topping. It can be added to just about any food, even popcorn or pizza, adding flavor.

It's easy -- even tasty -- to eat the yeast flakes by the tablespoon with a little water to keep the flakes from sticking to the palate.

This is a food based source of all the B complex vitamins, though occasionally void of B12. Since nutritional yeast is a fungus, like mushrooms but not like Candida, it doesn't produce its own B12, which requires bacteria to create it.

Red Star puts out a B12 fortified nutritional yeast that can be found in some bulk sections. Bob's Red Mill has packaged yeast products fortified with B12 also. Read individual ingredient labels to make sure.

Large flake nutritional yeast is most commonly found in health store bins. Don't let the price per pound scare you. The flakes are very light. Heavier smaller flake versions are available that require less amounts of yeast flakes to deliver the same nutritional value.

For over 5,000 years, yeast has been used in food and beverage production. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast - it won't froth like baker's yeast, which is active and used as a leavening agent to make bread rise. So nutritional yeast flakes may be okay for those on yeast free diets.

Sources for this article include:

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.