Nutritional Yeast: It’s NOOCH What You Think

Though the origins of the name aren’t quite clear, nooch, or nutritional yeast, is a food supplement that is a versatile addition to plant-based diets. Rich in B vitamins, nutritional yeast comes in the form of yellow flakes, granules, and powder that adds “cheesy” flavor to other foods.

Some of the many ways to use nooch include:

  • sprinkle it on popcorn instead of butter or salt
  • mix into risotto instead of other types of cheese
  • stir into creamy soups for added nutrients
  • add it to scrambled eggs or a tofu scramble
  • stir into stews, chili, bean dishes in which you’d like a hint of cheese and added texture
  • sprinkle atop pasta dishes, veggie burgers, or over veggies

Nooch is not the same as brewer’s yeast. The two types of yeast are derived from different sources. Nutritional yeast comes from a species known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The heating process renders the yeast “inactive,” so nooch is not useful in baking. Rather, it is a dairy-free and usually gluten-free food supplement. It can be useful for people who have food allergies or sensitivities, as well as those on special diets. It is also low in fat and contains no sugar or soy. Nutritional yeast contains vitamins B 1, 2, 6, and 12.

You can find nutritional yeast in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It may also be available boxed as flakes or powder.

If you are looking for ways to add more nutrition to your diet, consult with your physician or nutritionist or give us a call at 360.570.0401 to set up an appointment today.

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Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (1999). Textbook of natural medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

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