Nutritional Yeast Flakes Description
Nutritional yeast is a primary yeast grown on vitamin and mineral enriched molasses, and rich in macro- and micronutients. At the end of the growth period, the culture is pasteurized and dried to inactivate the yeast. The inactive yeast will not continue to grow in the intestine once ingested. It should not be confused with live, active yeast, which is used in bread, beer and wine making.
Nutritional yeast is used as a health food ingredient or as a supplement to improve nutrition. It has a pleasant nutty-cheesy flavor and is rich in protein, B vitamins and minerals. It is a great topping for popcorn, and adds cheesy flavours to sauces, pasta and other foods.
Nutritional yeast is very similar to brewers yeast, which is also used as a nutritional supplement and is made from the same strain of yeast. The difference is that brewers yeast is a by-product of beer production and retains some of the bitter flavour of hops. Nutritional yeast is gluten-free.