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Nutritional Yeast: sounds weird, It’s actually delicious


This isn’t your grandma’s yeast. Here’s everything you need to know about this cheezy, nutty plant-based ingredient.

What the heck is nutritional yeast, anyway?

Often called “nooch,” nutritional yeast is a dried, inactive form of the yeast strain, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. You can find both non-fortified and fortified nutritional yeast. The fortified version provides a healthy dose of B vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12. Vitamin B12 is a go-to ingredient for plant-based eaters since it is typically only found in animal foods (plant lovers rejoice!).

Nutritional yeast must be…nutritious?

Nutritional yeast packs a ton of benefits. Not only is it loaded with B vitamins—but 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast offers 5 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and a pinch of iron and potassium too. With just 3 grams of carbohydrates and zero sugar, it’s vegan, keto, and gluten-free.

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Nutty, cheezy, umami feels

Let’s move on to the good part: the taste. That cheezy goodness in nutritional yeast comes from glutamate, an amino acid –– while the drying process (toasting the yeast) gives it that pleasant hint of nuttiness. So what does this mean? Nutritional yeast flakes make a killer plant-based substitute for cheese. You can use it to add a blast of flavor to popcorn, create a cheese-sauce alternative (hello, Daily Harvest Broccoli + Cheeze Harvest Bowl), or sprinkle it on veggies and grains to take things to the next level––Daily Harvest Leek + Fonio Forager Bowl, we’re looking at you.

Broccoli + Cheese Harvest Bowl

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Unless otherwise noted, nutrition information is sourced from USDA FoodData Central and reflects the reference amount customarily consumed. These are standardized servings and not necessarily the amount present in the highlighted Daily Harvest recipes. Nutrition information for Daily Harvest products can be found on packages and under "Nutrition Facts" for each product at "dailyharvest.com". Vitamin and mineral functions are sourced from Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center.