Why I Think You Should Be Eating Nutritional Yeast – Have You Heard Of It?

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When it comes to eating healthily and getting the nutrients you need, nutritional yeast is an incredible source of nutrition. Not only does it contain all the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that our bodies need for optimum health, but it’s also incredibly tasty too! It has a slightly nutty flavour which makes it perfect for adding to sauces and soups or sprinkling over salads. I love it in scrambled eggs or omelettes, or dusted over buttered toast (when I am on a keto cheat-day!)

But what exactly is nutritional yeast? Nutritional yeast is actually a type of deactivated yeast made from a single-celled organism called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. It’s grown on molasses or sugar cane and then dried, processed and fortified with various vitamins and minerals. This makes it an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians or anyone looking to increase their intake of plant-based proteins. And don’t worry, there are only trace amounts of sugar in it.

So why should you be eating nutritional yeast? Here are just some of the benefits:

  1. Nutritional Value: Nutritional yeast is packed with protein, B-vitamins (particularly B12), iron and zinc – all essential nutrients that can help boost your energy levels, support your immune system and improve cognitive function. It’s also low in fat and calories making it great for weight loss as well as overall health.
  2. Delicious Taste: As previously mentioned, nutritional yeast has a slightly nutty taste which makes it incredibly versatile when cooking or even just sprinkling over meals like salads or stir-fries. You can even add some nutritional yeast to popcorn or energy bars for an extra vitamin boost.
  3. Easy To Store: Unlike fresh fruits and vegetables which can spoil quickly if not stored correctly, nutritional yeast will keep for up to two years if stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. This means you don’t have to worry about running out anytime soon!
  4. Affordable: When compared with other sources of plant-based nutrition such as nuts or seeds which can be expensive depending on where you shop, nutritional yeast is surprisingly affordable – around £5 per kilo in most UK supermarkets – so you won’t have to break the bank stocking up on this nutritious ingredient!

So if you want to get more out of your diet without spending too much money then give nutritional yeast a try today! Whether its sprinkled over salads or added into sauces and soups there are so many delicious ways to enjoy this amazing ingredient.

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