Nutritional yeast is used often in our recipes. We believe it is an important part of a healthy, well-balanced, Plant Powered diet. Although it is not technically raw, nutritional yeast is commonly found in vegan food and raw food preparation.
Why? Well, the name is our first clue. Nutritional yeast is a good source of B vitamins and some are fortified with B12. It contains a whopping 18 amino acids, which make it a complete protein. In an average serving (1.5 tablespoons) there are 8 grams of protein! Added to recipes, it gives that “cheesy” flavor that is often missed in a vegan diet. So, let’s put that in perspective:
- Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) – 6 grams protein per oz
- Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) – 7 or 8 grams protein per oz
- Hard cheeses (Parmesan) – 10 grams protein per oz
- Nutritional Yeast – 11 grams protein per oz
Nutritional Yeast is not the same as brewers yeast. It is a deactivated yeast that is grown on sugar cane juice and beet molasses in a carefully controlled environment. It is harvested, washed and dried before packaging.
Nutritional yeast is produced specifically for the nutritional benefits that it provides. It also happens to add that cheesy, nutty flavor to our vegan and raw food recipes. The reason it is not raw is that it has to be pasteurized to kill the yeast. However, it is a healthy, nutritious, supplement. You’ll find it in some of our favorite recipes such as our Kale Chips, and Garden Crackers.
Please note: As with most foods, there is a possibility of allergy to nutritional yeast.