Weird foods: Nutritional yeast

by - Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Nutritional yeast isn't exactly the most appetizing name for a food, is it? Some bloggers have taken to calling it "nooch" which doesn't sound any better to me! Even so, it can be used in a variety of ways and I really like the flavor.

Nutritional yeast is usually in a flaked or powdered form and many brands are fortified with vitamin B12, making it popular with vegans. It also provides some extra protein and makes a decent substitute for cheesy flavors in vegan recipes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat nutritional yeast:

You can buy nutritional yeast online, in your local natural foods store, or in the natural foods section (or sometimes in bulk foods) of your supermarket. Be sure to check the nutrition label to make sure that the brand that you are purchasing is fortified with B12.

(Updated from the original post, published April 2008.)

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  1. We like this one at home - it's good on popcorn, but I find it needs a sprits of oil to stick well.

  2. It isn't a very appetizing name is it? In fact, it's not a yeast at all so I've found most people other than vegans have no idea what it is. Do you know how long it last when kept in the fridge? I've had some for about 6 months.

  3. @Healthy Mamma: it should last for quite awhile in the fridge. I accidentally ordered a huge amount from Amazon one time and it lasted forever in the freezer/fridge.


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