I’m sorry for the title of this blog post, but if I had called it: “Nutritional Yeast FAQs” you probably would have skipped right over it, and I have some good info to share with you.
I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to learning about a new superfood. I get excited like a kid at Christmas time! I start to ask myself, “What is it? What makes it so super? Will I like it or will I gag like that time I tried wheatgrass?”
See? Total nerd.
So you can imagine how I felt when I saw my fellow healthy food nut, Holly G, post a picture of her yummy egg wrap sprinkled with nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast? Sounds gross, really. Just thinking about it made me have some wheatgrass flashbacks!
But Holly is a smart one and knows what she’s talking about, so I decided to learn about it and try it myself.
Nutritional yeast is less of a superfood and more of a super-supplement. It is an inactive yeast (versus the active yeast used to make bread rise) that is yellow in color and has a sort of cheesy/nutty flavor. It is a favorite among vegans and vegetarians because it’s an amazing source of B12 – a vitamin that is essential to the proper functioning of red blood cells.
B12 is typically found in animal products, aka: meat, milk, eggs, and cheese.
Do you see why nutritional yeast is a favorite to our non-meat eating vegan and vegetarian friends? Yes! Makes total sense now.
So why would a girl like me, who eats animals and most of their fabulous animal products, want to add nutritional yeast to her diet? Because I saw this as a possible effect of B12 deficiency:
Trouble sleeping and periods of mania and psychosis may also result due to vitamin B12 deficiency.
Oh my. That must explain it! And I thought it was because of all the nights my kids interrupted my sleep.
Seriously though, we do have a few meatless dishes every week at my house, and I find comfort knowing that my family is still getting their essential vitamins and minerals. My yeast of choice…okay, that still sounds gross….is Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast. I found mine at Sprouts, but you can also order it online.
Here’s to yeasty meals!