Nutritional yeast has been increasingly popping up in conversations about cooking and healthy recipes, but what even is it? Contrary to initial assumptions, it’s not just yeast that’s been modified to improve your diet. In fact, it’s completely naturally occurring and comes in the form of flakes or yellow powder. “Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses,” says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, at the NY Nutrition Group. Does that mean it’s kind of like sugar? Not at all.
“Nutritional yeast is a powerhouse, especially for vegans, as it’s a complete source of protein that those who don’t eat meat may be lacking,” says Moskovitz. Just two tablespoons of nutritional yeast contain 9 grams of protein. That’s more than a large egg (6g) or one ounce of beef (7g). With such highly concentrated amounts of protein, nutritional yeast can help non-meat eaters rack up enough body-boosting protein. Now that you know some nutritional yeast benefits, check out these other top plant-based protein sources.
Excerpted from Reader’s Digest