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Vallari Shah Sheds Light on Nutritional Yeast aka Nooch!

Nutritionist and Founder of Kaasha, Vallari Shah is a Lifestyle Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator and a Cosmetologist. Vallari Shah has been practicing in the field of Nutrition for past 10 years and is very passionate about people achieving their health goals. She believes that clean and balanced eating are not diets, but a way of life. You can now follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

1) HOW CAN ONE GET GOOD NUTRITION FROM NUTRITIONAL YEAST/NOOCH?

Nutritional yeast is a great source of proteins and vitamin. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein consisting of all nine amino acids. It’s the easiest way to get good amount of proteins for people on plant-based diets.Vitamin B, an essential vitamin needed for healthy functioning of the nervous system, DNA production and energy metabolism. People following a plant -based diet may need to increase their Vitamin B intake. Nutritional yeast is an amazing source to fulfill the requirement.There are even traces of minerals like- zinc, selenium and manganese.Nutritional yeast contains the powerful antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine; they help in cell repair from damage caused by free radicals in your body.

2) DOES NUTRITIONAL YEAST/NOOCH HELP IN LOSING WEIGHT?

There is no definitive research saying that nutritional yeast helps in weight loss, but it is definitely low in calories and packed with nutrition. Nutritional yeast is a good source of vitamin B12, which helps in breaking down of carbohydrates into energy for a healthy metabolism. This can be a major plus for those looking for weight loss. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein powerhouse. It contains all nine amino acids, which are essential for our body; because our body does not produce them. When you fuel yourself with protein, it keeps you fuller for longer and balances your blood sugar. That means you are less likely to overeat when you already feel full. So, adding Nutrition yeast to your diet will definitely help you in your weight loss journey!!

3) HOW CAN ONE MAKE BEST USE OF NUTRITIONAL YEAST/NOOCH?

Nutritional yeast is one of the easiest ingredients to use, as it can be part of any dish, from smoothies to salads to pastas.

  • You can add nutritional yeast to your pasta instead of cheese. The cheese like texture of nutritional yeast becomes the perfect replacement.
  • You can sprinkle nooch on your salad. It gives a nice Parmesan cheese flavor.
  • Sprinkle it on your popcorn.
  • Adding it to your post workout smoothies can increase your protein intake.
  • Sprinkle it on your nachos, tacos and pizzas.
  • Vegans craving mac and cheese, can make delicious mac and cheese using nooch.

Dairy-free mac and cheese

  • You can add nutritional yeast to your hummus and pesto.

Hummus and Pesto

  • You can add it to your dals and even to your vegetables instead of cream. You can use a sauce made out of nutritional yeast and cashew nuts.

4) HOW MUCH NUTRITIONAL YEAST SHOULD ONE CONSUME?

Nutritional yeast is low in calories and loaded with nutrition. The daily intake of nutritional yeast can be around 10 to 15 grams.

5) WHAT ARE THE MYTHS ABOUT NUTRITIONAL YEAST?

  • Myth1:

Brewer’s yeast & nutritional yeast are the same- brewer’s yeast is a byproduct of beer making. It’s pretty unpalatable with an extremely bitter taste. Nutritional yeast, on the other hand, has a nutty, cheesy taste that’s pretty scrumptious. It is an outstanding vegetarian source of B-12, a vitamin that is typically only acquired through animal-based foods. Nutritional yeast should be a part of every plant-based diet.

  • Myth 2:

MSG & nutritional yeast – Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a synthetic flavor enhancer added to mainly processed foods and is not something that is naturally occurring. The MSG confusion may come from a misunderstanding regarding naturally occurring glutamic acid. Glutamic Acid is an amino acid and amino acids are crucial in the human body. Synthetic MSG is synthesized using natural Glutamic Acid which is chemically altered to become the harmful MSG we all want to avoid but Glutamic Acid in its original form is not harmful and our bodies are designed to utilize a certain amount of it. When naturally occurring, like in case of nutritional yeast, Glutamic Acid is in a bound form, which is naturally broken down into its free form so that it can enter the bloodstream and be released by the liver to be used by the brain.

6) DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR ONLY VEGANS TO CONSUME NUTRITIONAL YEAST/NOOCH?

Nooch can be a part of anyone’s diet. Vitamin B is required for overall wellness and its deficiency can take a toll on your body. Vitamin B complex food sources are few and most of the population is deficient in Vitamin B. Including Nutritional yeast to your diet on a daily basis can fulfill the requirement.

7) CAN NUTRITIONAL YEAST/NOOCH CURE ANY HEALTH DISEASE?

  • Nooch may not be a magic potion to cure the disease but it can definitely be a part of your clean eating plan.
  • Nutrition yeast & diabetes: nutritional yeast has low-glycemic index, it is a good source of protein, minerals, vitamin B and fiber; this helps in keeping blood sugar under control.
  • It is rich in probiotics and hence strengthens your gut.
  • Nutritional yeast is a natural immunity booster.

It contains beta-1, 3 glucan, mannan, trehalose, and glutathione. These compounds are associated with increased immunity, lowered cholesterol levels. It also contains Selenium, which repairs cell damage and Zinc, which helps in healing wounds and repairs tissues.

  • Celiac disease– nutritional yeast is gluten free and can be used by people with celiac disease to boost their nutrition.
  • For healthy skin & hair– the high amount of B vitamins in nutritional yeast can help keep you hair, skin, and nails healthy and strong. Vitamin B5 and vitamin B7 not only improve hair, skin and nails, but also can reduce signs of ageing. The niacin in nutritional yeast can also help to treat acne and improve the overall tone and look of your skin.

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