EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT NUTRITIONAL YEAST BUT WERE TOO AFRAID TO ASK
But then @sally requested a list about it. (Insert nuye emoji.)(Oh yah, I call it nuye, pronounced new yee.)
- •What is it?Nutritional yeast is yeast that has been cultured, harvested, and dried. It's not an active yeast—you can't bake or do other stuff with it. It's a food condiment.
- •Why should I eat it?You should eat it because a) you like its nutty, cheesy flavor and/or b) you are in need of some extra B vitamins.
- •What does it taste like?It tastes kinda nutty, kinda cheesy, and kinda rustic. It's hard for me to describe to someone who's never had it because 😳 I've been eating it for as long as I can remember.
- •Is it good for me?Yes! It has hella crap-tons of B vitamins (like niacin B-3, complete protein, and amino acids). Vegans often seek it out as a nutritional supplement (nb: I am not vegan; see previous list about How to Stop Being a Vegetarian).
- •Where can I buy it?In the bulk or condiments/spices section of your local health food store.
- •What do you put it on?POPCORN! Rice/pasta/grains with olive oil and Braggs (fake hippy soy sauce). Steamed or roasted veggies. Blended into a veggie soup to add depth of flavor. Ps, some very awesome movie theaters now have nuye to put on your popcorn! The Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax does :).
- •If I eat it will I get, y'know, yeasty?Women and candida-averse folk fear not! Eating nuye will not make you yeasty!
- •Can I overdose on nutritional yeast?Weirdly, kinda! Because of its high vitamin B content, if you eat too much nutritional yeast you may get what are called niacin "rushes" or "flushes". Basically your skin just turns red and your heart-rate increases. This used to happen to my friend Maria when we'd eat yeasty popcorn (we would dip it in apple juice, how weird is that?). #kidsonmaui
- •Do people who are not hippies slash bougie yuppies eat it?Yes! For one, Wikipedia notes that "inadequately fed prisoners of war have used 'home-grown' yeast to prevent vitamin deficiency." So there's that. Also from the Wiki: Australians call it "savoury yeast flakes," New Zealanders "Brufax," and Ethiopians "yeshi," which means "for a thousand". Apparently some people in the good ole U.S. of A. call it "nooch".
- •Did I forget anything?Feel free to ask or add!
- •Can you buy it on Amazon?Sally investigates: YES!Suggested by @sally