Friday, January 25, 2013

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

For the Vegan Pantry:

Not to be confused with brewer's yeast, nutritional yeast has a roasted, nutty, cheese-like flavor.  It is a good source of amino acids and B vitamins*, and most brands are naturally gluten-free.  You can find nutritional yeast flakes in the bulk aisle in most natural food markets.  Some brands such as Bob's Red Mill, KAL, and Bragg can also be purchased online.  (See the link below to purchase Bob's on

We like to sprinkle it on pasta dishes in place of Parmesan cheese.  Another favorite use is to add a few tablespoons to melted margerine and a sprinkle of garlic salt, and drizzle over steamed broccoli.

*The recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12 for healthy adult men and women is 2.4 mcg.
In natural foods, vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and other dairy products. But that doesn’t mean animal products are necessarily the best source of this essential vitamin.
Although it is not found naturally in most plant foods, some brands of nutritional yeast contain vitamin B12, and it is widely added to many breakfast cereals and fortified nut milk.  

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