Mention the “Y” word, and women everywhere usually run screaming from the building.
And who can blame them? Most commercially made yeasts (like the one that’s in regular ol’ bread) can contribute to candida overgrowth, resulting in leaky gut, food intolerances, fungal infections, fatigue, poor immunity… and the list goes on.
But there’s one yeast out there that should be celebrated and even embraced. And most people can eat it without any ill effects (hooray!).
It’s called nutritional yeast. Sometimes you’ll see it labelled as “savoury yeast flakes.”
It’s a strain of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that is non-commensal. This means that is cannot and will not live and grow in your gut. It’s merely (and literally!) just passing through.
But it gets better.
As this particular strain of yeast passes through your digestive system, it picks up the excess candida bugs and carries them out too! Kind of like a bouncer in a nightclub ejecting any troublemakers. What a clever little yeast strain!
So not only does nutritional yeast not cause candida, it helps to reduce it.
But wait – there’s more.
Nutritional yeast is also high in a bunch of B vitamins, folate, zinc and selenium. And it tastes great.
Nutritional yeast is a staple in a lot of dairy free and vegan dishes as one of the ingredients in vegan “cheese.” It has a nutty, cheesy taste, so you can add it to meals to boost the savoury flavour, or “umami” as the Japanese call it.
Want to use nutritional yeast in cooking?
Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- Use it to make cashew cheese or a cheese sauce.
- Sprinkle it onto kale chips or popcorn
- Add it to chicken stock/bone broth
- Add it to stews and casseroles
- Whizz together with soaked raw almonds and use as a parmesan substitute
- Sprinkle on scrambled eggs or in an omelette
Want to give it a try? You’ll find nutritional yeast in the following recipes:
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