Nutritional yeast is commonly thought to be the same yeast used for making bread or pizza dough (pasta), but it is actually a healthy supplement with healing properties similar to yogurt or probiotics.
That is because nutritional yeast contains probiotic strains of bacteria that are the “good” intestinal flora which keep your immune system strong and your body healthy. It is also usually fortified with both vitamins B 6 and B 12—essential vitamins that most people (especially vegetarians) are often lacking from diet alone.
Vitamin B 6 helps with protein metabolism and enzyme processes in the digestion of nutrients. Vitamin B 12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B 12 also helps prevent a type of anemia that makes people tired and weak.
How do I use it? Add nutritional yeast to salads, soups, beans, etc. as a condiment like you would a sprinkle of salt or Parmesan.
What is it like? For those who have tried it for the first time, they say it tastes similar to salt, cheese, or a type of soy sauce.
Where can I find it? You can usually purchase nutritional yeast at your local whole food or organic stores.