What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast, sometimes called "nooch", is a popular cheese alternative for vegans and vegetarians. It consists of dried, deactivated yeast, usually in large flaky form. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, creamy, cheesy taste, and is becoming a mainstream health food. It's readily available at local health food stores and grocery stores, or online. Our favorite brands are Bragg's or Bob's Red Mill.

bowl of yeast flakes

How do you use it?

Nooch can be used in so many inventive ways! It's tasty sprinkled on top of popcorn, scrambled eggs, or mashed potatoes. Nutritional yeast is even a delicious addition to salads to add another dimension of flavor; it's also great dusted over pizza and pasta.

Pro tip: Please note that because this yeast is inactive, it cannot be utilized to make bread rise or in baking like traditional yeast.

penne with bolognese topped with nutritional yeast and parsley

Is it healthy?

Nutritional yeast offers a wide variety of health benefits. It contains B vitamins, fiber, boosts immunity, and aids digestion. Overall, nutritional yeast is a diverse, exciting food that should be present in any health-focused pantry. We hope you enjoyed learning about this exciting ingredient!

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