Nutritional Yeast
By Published On: September 8, 2022Categories: Plant-Based Health & WellnessComments Off on Vegan Ingredient Spotlight – Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is known by many terms like Nooch, Yeshi, and savory yeast flakes. It is packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Over the past few years, this particular yeast has become a popular favorite amongst the plant-based community as it offers a range of health benefits.

Nutritional yeast is grown specifically for use as a food product. This yeast is inactive and can’t be used for brewing or baking because the yeast cells are killed during the manufacturing process. However, you can use it as a seasoning to add a savory flavor to your dishes.

You can find nutritional yeast in the spice or condiment aisles at your grocery store. It has a pale yellow appearance and is either sold as thin flakes, granules, or powder.

Let’s learn more about this vegan favorite.


The yeast cells are grown on a sugar-rich medium and are then deactivated with heat. Once the deactivation process is completed, the yeast is harvested, washed, dried, and packaged for distribution.

There are two types of nutritional yeast – unfortified and fortified.

  • Unfortified nutritional yeast contains only the vitamins and minerals that are naturally produced by the yeast cells.
  • Fortified nutritional yeast contains synthetic vitamins that are added during the manufacturing process. This boosts the nutritional content of the yeast. You can check the ingredients list to know which additional vitamins have been added.


  • Low cost
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Sodium-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Easy-to-use
  • Enriches flavor
  • Boosts immune health
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Protects against chronic diseases


As mentioned above, nutritional yeast offers a range of health benefits, but how can you make the most of this plant-powered ingredient?

You can maximize the flavor of the following dishes with the magic of nutritional yeast.

  1. Casserole
  2. Crispy potato skins
  3. Mac n Cheese
  4. Salad
  5. Sauce
  6. Smoothies
  7. Soups
  8. Stews
  9. Pasta
  10. Popcorn

Are you ready to enjoy nutritional yeast as part of your daily diet?

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