What is nutritional yeast exactly? For starters, it's not the same as the yeast you use for baking or brewing beer, called baker's yeast and brewer's yeast, respectively. Those include live yeast cells. In nutritional yeast, however, the yeast cells are not alive; they're deactivated by heat.
Most nutritional yeast on shelves is fortified with vitamins, including B-12, making it extra nutritious. This is especially important for vegan diets, since many are lacking in B-12, a common vitamin in meat and dairy products. Because of its nutty, cheese-like flavor, nutritional yeast makes a wonderful non-dairy substitute for Parmesan and more.
Check out three of our favorite ways to use nutritional yeast.
Stirring a teaspoon of nutritional yeast into your soup adds a savory, nutty flavor that mimics freshly grated Parmesan. Try it in our Vegan African Stew.
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If you need a vegan-friendly alternative to Parmesan cheese or butter for your popcorn, try a generous shake of nutritional yeast. Drizzling a little olive oil (or garlic-infused olive oil) on the popcorn first will help the nutritional yeast stick.
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