Raw Food and Nutritional Yeast

by Susan on July 14, 2010

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Nutritional Yeast…what the heck is that stuff?

Nutritional yeast is used in both vegan food and raw food preparation. It is not raw but what is it and why is it used so much? Nutritional yeast is used for both it’s nutritional benefits and its taste. As a supplement to recipes, it gives that “cheesy” flavor that eludes us in a vegan diet.

Nutritional Yeast should not be confused with brewers yeast. It is a deactivated yeast that is grown on sugar cane juice and beet molasses in a carefully controlled environment. It is harvested, washed and dried before packaging. Nutritional Yeast is a good source of B vitamins and some nutritional yeasts are fortified with B12. Containing 18 amino acids, it is also a complete protein. There are an amazing 8 grams of protein in one and a half tablespoons.

Nutritional yeast is produced specifically for the nutritional benefits that it provides. It also provides a great taste. Cheesy and nutty, it brings a depth of flavor to our raw food recipes. Note it is not raw as it has to be pasturized to kill the yeast. But it is a healthy, nutritious, supplement.  it is a favorite ingredient in Rawmazing’s Kale Chips.

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I love nooch sooooo much and I eat it every day.


danielle July 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thanks for this I was just recently wondering where it came from


Sako July 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

how much can I take nutritonal yeaast for each meal for Vitamine B ?


Susan July 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

Sako…I would use nutritional yeast as a flavoring, not a B-vitamin supplement. It does have B-vitamins but it also has other things in it. It is just good to know that if you use it, you do get B vitamins.


Rawfully Tempting July 15, 2010 at 3:52 am

Here are some interesting comments on NY…I’m still up in the air about it…I’ve also had some side affects after eating it, and it almost has an addictive quality, which would be like an MSG reaction…I’ll use it, but only once in a great while.


Susan July 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

As with everything, we need to determine if it works with our bodies. If it doesn’t, don’t use it. I have seen the MSG discussion but scientifically, there is no MSG in it at all.


Rawfully Tempting July 15, 2010 at 3:52 am
Donna Kilpatrick July 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

Have been using this more past couple of months as we have tried to go 100% raw. Past week husband’s blood sugar begun to spike, am learning that this may happen with diabetics going through detox, have just rec’d material from Gabriel Cousens regarding his Rainbow Green Cuisine Phase Chart for diabetics and nurtritional yeast is listed as a food to avoid. He reports that it has high levels of minute toxins called “mycotoxins”. My husband has been off all diabetic meds for a year now, we have been anti-fungal/raw for past 1 1/2 yrs. Didn’t realize how careful we still have to be with what he is eating.


Susan July 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

Donna, I know that regular yeast can have mycotoxins. I have not found any research on whether nutritional yeast has them since it is pasteurized.


Tim April 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Oh no it is really toxic?
Was trying to make raw vegan cheese not sure what to use. Trying to cut out processed foods even if just a little bit still goes to your body. Does anyone know if it’s good or bad?


Susan April 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hi, Tim…check here: http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=yeast Cheers!


wendy July 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

I have an intolerance to yeast. Is this safe if the yeast has ben deactivated?


Susan July 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

Wendy…I don’t have an answer to that question. I would suggest you research it. :-)


Brenda July 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

This is interesting. I’ve been curious about nutritional yeast lately. Just debating with myself if it is the best source of the nutrients it offers, for me personally, being that it is not a raw food.


Elizabeth July 17, 2010 at 10:39 am

I always have a small amount in the pantry. It is so easy to have it on hand for those few raw recipes that call for it. Now that I have my dehydrator I get to make raw kale chips!!!! I am soooo excited. I am a kale addict! Did I mention that I love my new dehydrator??

Peace and Raw Green Health.


Charlotte July 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

Do you know where I can buy nutritional yeast within EU?


Katrinia Rindsberg January 27, 2015 at 10:19 am

Most health food shops carry it.


Joanna July 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

How can you have 8 g of protein in nutritional yeast, if a tablespoon is probably less than 8 grams? It seems to me that the 8 g of protein can be found in a quarter of a cup, not a single tablespoon…


Susan July 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

There are 14 grams of protein in one ounce of nutritional yeast. An ounce measures out to be about 1/3 cup. So, it is probably closer to 1.5 tablespoons.


Dr G. L. Rao October 10, 2010 at 1:53 am

Can any one offer a detailed listing of all the protein, minerals and vitamins by weight in nutritional yeast please. Fears are expressed about msg in nutritional yeast. Is msg produced during the process of fermentation for nutritional yeast or is it added to nutritional yeast for enhancing flavour after it is manufactured?


Susan October 10, 2010 at 7:44 am
Denise Walden November 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

I have just now read this article and for the life of me I cannot find the link to Aweber on the upper left. I subscribe by RSS right now but I will change if I am missing something.



Susan November 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

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Rheana December 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

Even though it’s been deactivated through pasteurization, I am highly allergic to it. I also have had a rough history with candida, and need to remain fungus free in my diet. This includes kombucha and other pasteurized products. I do fine with probiotics, though. I would caution anyone who has a sensitivity to fungi to be careful when using yeast.

FYI- you can get a somewhat cheesy flavor in nut cheeses with just lemon juice, a pinch of salt and some garlic. Mock tunas, the same, but use kelp for a more fishy flavor. It can still come out quite delicious without the yeast!

Raw Blessings


Joseph January 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Will it make the food rise in the dehydrator ?


Susan January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

No, nutritional yeast is a dead yeast. It is only used for flavoring.


Ozzie March 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Nutritional Yeast has naturally occurring MSG in it and it is a excitotoxin, it should never be touted as a health food or healthy. Look up the documentary Excitotoxin the taste that kills.


Tim April 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm

What?? That is terrible.


Susan April 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Hi, Tim, Please check out the link to NutritionFacts.org. You will find that there are many positive things about Nutritional Yeast. I have not seen the studies referred to above. :-)


Susan March 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Ozzie, you might find this interesting: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/preserving-immune-function-in-athletes-with-nutritional-yeast/

There are definitely health benefits.


Ange May 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I love the taste of nutritional yeast; however, I have been told before that people healing from cancer should not use it. Have you heard anything like that? Maybe because it’s grown on sugar cane juice and beet molasses and sugar feeds cancer.


Terry June 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I love the taste of nutritional yeast; however, I have been told before that people healing from cancer should not use it. Have you heard anything like that? Maybe because it’s grown on sugar cane juice and beet molasses and sugar feeds cancer.

Wish I had thought to try it on my husband when he had cancer, maybe he would have survived. Ya never know what might help and my thinking is this would have done good rather then bad.


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