Family Medicine in Austin: What is Nutritional Yeast?

It’s time for another Austin-area family medicine 101 class!

Have you ever tried nutritional yeast? Okay, don’t laugh. Let me give you some reasons why you should. First, what is it?

  • It is a pure yeast strain from the same family as mushrooms.
  • It looks a little like flour but is a little more yellowish in color.
  • You can generally find it in the bulk section of health food stores.

So why go looking for it? Well, nutritional yeast has many health benefits.

  1. One ounce has more than 200% of your daily needs of Vitamin B12, an essential micronutrient that is needed for the proper formation of red blood cells. It’s plant-based, so it’s perfect for the vegetarians and vegans out there. Other than nutritional yeast, other sources of B12 mostly come from animal products. So nutritional yeast is a great plant-based alternative.
  2. It’s also an excellent source of protein and fiber.
  3. But perhaps the best part is the flavor it brings. Add it to soups for a rich, cheesy kick. Sprinkle it on popcorn or past like parmesan cheese. It’s such a versatile ingredient you’ll probably come up with your own uses for it.

So remember, nutritional yeast may sound really funky, but the health and taste benefits are amazing!

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