Nutritional yeast is no ordinary condiment. Adding it to any type of diet will offer a host benefits to anyone who is hoping to enhance their health, or improve certain health conditions/ diseases in a non medicated way (or even in addition to pharmaceutical treatment). Here we’d like to discuss certain lifestyles related health issues that are highly prevalent in this day and age, and what a little bit of nooch can do to help you through it.
Prevention of nutrient deficiencies
You may already know what a superfood is, by now. Any food that offers a whole range of different and beneficial nutrients even in small quantities, is called a superfood. Since superfoods like nutritional yeast deliver a bunch of nutrients in just two teaspoons, its a simple and highly effective way to prevent deficiencies that you may not even know you have!
Anemia is a condition wherein a person has fewer than normal red blood cells, or low hemoglobin levels. This condition is extremely common among Indian populations, especially women, and is a result of iron deficiency. Just two teaspoons of nooch will give you 2 mg of iron, making it an effective addition to your daily meals. Not the entire daily requirement, but a fair bit for just two teaspoons!
Diabetes check! Low glycemic index
Any diabetic, or diabetic caregiver knows the importance of low glycemic foods. For those who don’t, low glycemic foods are those that do not cause a dramatic spike to your blood sugar levels. Nooch is completely diabetic friendly, with only 3.82 grams of carbohydrates per serving, 1.4 gms of which are pure fibre. This means your blood sugar is going to stay in check, and so are your insulin levels.
Low glycemic index
Constipation is ever so common among people today – and low fibre diets are the primary cause. Animal based proteins are devoid of fibre completely, which could contribute to constipation. Nutritional yeast is one such source of food that is not only a complete source of protein, but is also rich in fibre.
A heart healthy superfood
Whenever you hear of heart related health problems, be it high cholesterol or blood pressure, you’ll see people cutting down on foods that are salty, or fatty foods like cheese, or even eggs (the yolk specifically). Nooch is a great replacement for salt and cheese. It has zero cholesterol, and less than 1 gm of fat, while still giving you almost as much protein as a whole egg, in just one serving. You don’t have to give up on delicious food anymore!
Antiviral, antibacterial, and immune boosting
A lot of nooch newbies have raised the doubt of whether consuming yeast will cause candida. To clear it up, deactivated nutritional yeast is different from active baker’s yeast. Nooch will not cause candid, and could in fact help in protecting against it. Nutritional yeast has also been found to aid improvement of e-coli, salmonella. It’s immune boosting effects come from the fact that it’s a rich source of micronutrients like zinc, selenium, folic acid, and all B vitamins.
Aids in strengthening your digestive system
We already spoke of constipation. Now let’s talk about the other side – diarrhea. There are several reasons why a person could have diarrhea, such as stress, malabsorption, intolerances, or poor gut flora. Probiotics, which is the magic food for your gut, is well found in abundance in nutritional yeast, and many researches have found that it could actually aid in curing diarrhea related to the above mentioned gut issue.
Having spoken so much about all the amazing benefits that nutritional yeast has to offer, its important at this point that we tell you about scenarios where consuming nutritional yeast may not be such a good idea. Anyone with an allergy to glutamic acid may avoid it. Additionally, anyone diagnosed with, or has a history of gout or high levels of uric acid, must avoid it as well. Also, if you have any specific health concerns, it is best to check with your medical before consumption.
For the rest of you, a steady supply of nutritional yeast is a no brainer!
- It contains only 39.7 calories, 3.82 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 0.6 gram of fat. It’s got no trans fats, and no cholesterol.
- It is a source of 18 amino acids, making it one of the few vegetarian sources of a complete protein, with 4.5 grams in 2 tsp.
- Rich in dietary fibre, giving you about 1.4 grams per serving.
- A great gluten-free option for those with a sensitive gut.
- It is a rich source of all the B vitamins like riboflavin, thiamine, B6, niacin, and folate, providing nearly 100% of your daily requirement.
- It contains minerals like copper, magnesium, iron, selenium, zinc, and manganese.
- It has no added sugars or preservatives.
Using nutritional yeast for healthy cooking
- Sprinkle it over a bowl of upma or poha to double up the nutrients profile of your meal
- Add a tiny amount to a nut butter and fruit smoothie for those few extra grams of protein, perfect for a pre or post workout snack
- Stir it into a soup, just before dinner, to get you quota of fibre
- Bake yourself a healthy snack with zucchini or kale chips, sprinkle with nutritional yeast to get the deliciousness of parmesan
- Sprinkle it over a vegetable pulao, and balance out your meals with carbs, proteins, and fats
- Sprinkle it over your cheat meals such as noodles or spaghetti, to get a healthy dose of nutrients even when you cheat
- Add 2 teaspoon over your avocado toast for a perfect breakfast
- Nooch goes extremely well when stirred into just about any dips or sauces, be it hummus, pesto, or good old Indian green chutney
- Mix it into the sauce for your bake dish, as well as sprinkle over it for a cheesy flavour
- Roasted cauliflower makes for a delicious snack when you get to sprinkle ‘cheese’ over it