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  • Writer's pictureThe Yeshi Team

Ingredient Spotlight: Nutritional Yeast

With its rich, cheesy, and savory flavor, nutritional yeast is said to offer numerous benefits for both plant-based eaters and omnivores alike. Here are some of the potential benefits of adding nutritional yeast to your diet.

  1. Complete Protein: Unlike many plant-based protein sources, nutritional yeast is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids required by humans.

  2. Fiber Content: With 4 grams per serving, nutritional yeast provides a significant amount of fiber, aiding in satiety and promoting digestive health.

  3. MSG-Free: Despite its umami flavor, nutritional yeast is free from synthetic monosodium glutamate (MSG), as its savory taste comes from naturally occurring compounds like glutamate.

  4. Vitamin B12 Source: Packed with essential vitamins, including vitamin B12, nutritional yeast is crucial for red blood cell production and nervous system health, particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians who may have difficulty obtaining B12 from animal products.

  5. Cholesterol Reduction: Beta-glucan, a type of fiber present in nutritional yeast, has been linked to lowering cholesterol levels, contributing to heart health benefits.

  6. Antioxidant Rich: Nutritional yeast contains a high concentration of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vital for protecting cells from damage and eliminating toxins from the body.

  7.  As a low-glycemic food, nutritional yeast can help stabilize blood sugar levels, potentially reducing cravings and lowering the risk of metabolic diseases.


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