For The Love Of…Nutritional Yeast?

17 Nov

So I’ve been doing some recipe research recently, trying to find new and innovative ideas for cooking, trying to make my food more exciting and everything that I seem to have come accross recently contains nutritional yeast. Now I’m still relatively new to the vegan world but every time I read it i found myself asking “what the…what is it?” I only ever new nutritional yeast to be included in the beer making process, so I thought it was about time to expand my knowledge base and I thought I would share my findings with you, hoping you are as much of a novice vegan as I am, and if not, then hopefully it would provide you with some inside knowledge you didn’t have before!

So here is what I found. I found that I was wrong about nutritional yeast being included in the beer making process, in fact it is very similar to that which is used, but nutritional yeast is made out of yeast which is cultured with sugar cane and beet molasses. This is then harvested, washed, dried and packaged.

Nutritional yeast is a protein, and a source of B vitamins. This doesn’t fill me with any kind of confidence whatsoever, I have memories of having to take multivitamins with added B12 in them – honestly it smelled revolting and tasted even worse.

I also know that nutritional yeast is used as a cheese substitute, but is it really worth it? And is it really better than the soy cheeses out on the market?

I’m really not convinced I want to try it, the thought of any of my food smelling anywhere near B12 does not exactly appeal to me. However I am eager to hear any comments you might have regarding nutritional yeast, so please feel free to comment!


Posted by on November 17, 2009 in Food, Recipes, Vegan


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5 responses to “For The Love Of…Nutritional Yeast?

  1. veggienymph

    November 18, 2009 at 2:16 am

    I am a fan of nutritional yeast and have been since before my vegan conversion. It is really versatile. I use it with pepper, chili powder and garlic powder to season roasted potatoes. Here is the link to a vegan mac and cheese recipe I got from my friend Heidi that features nutritional yeast.

    • areyoutheresoy

      November 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm

      Do you love it though? And use it in everything? I’m totally hesitant about trying it, perhaps I should!

      Off to buy some of that vegan cheese i mentioned awhile ago, will post a review on it shortly!

      • veggienymph

        November 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

        I do love it. I can’t say I use it on everything, but it gets sprinkled on popcorn, roasted and steamed veggies and added into soups and stews. You should give it a try.

        Can’t wait for the cheese reveiw!!

  2. Erin

    November 19, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I’m also interested in the nutritional yeast but am still on the fence. I do have what would seem to be a pretty easy and tasty recipe for mac & yease but …

    As for the B12, I take a B12 and B6 supplement from my naturopath and have never noticed an odour of any kind. What on earth does it smell like?

  3. Deb

    January 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Try it — it’s great! I use it on top of popcorn and as a parm cheese substitute.


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