Why I Love…Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast – magical hippy dust that is loaded with health benefits. If you have never tried nutritional yeast, you’ve been missing out!


Nutritional yeast is not the same as baking yeast, active dry yeast or brewer’s yeast. It won’t cause or exacerbate an overgrowth of Candida, doesn’t contain alcohol and won’t help in baking. Rather, nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested and dried to deactivate it (which is why is won’t make your baked goods light and fluffy).

Besides the nutty, cheesy flavour, nutritional yeast is packed with benefits to help you optimise your health.

  1. It contains high levels of B Vitamins

The B Vitamins are critical is assisting AI diseases. The B group vitamins support energy metabolism, the nervous and digestive system, red blood cell production, brain development and function and the immune system.

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast contains 640% of the recommended daily intake of Thiamine (Vitamin B1), 570% of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 280% of Niacin (Vitamin B3), 480% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6, 60% of folate and 130% of Vitamin B12.

  1. It can help enhance immunity and reduce inflammation

Nutritional yeast contains high levels of glutathione which helps to enhance immunity and reduce inflammation – which for us suffering from AI diseases is extremely important!

  1. It’s a complete source of protein

This magical hippy dust is a great way to add extra protein to meals and snacks. Just 2 tablespoons of it contains 9 grams of protein.

  1. It’s gluten free

Does this benefit even need an explanation? We all know that products containing gluten + AI diseases = serious problems.

  1. It can help relax our nervous system

A serve of nutritional yeast provides 6% of the daily recommended intake of magnesium. Magnesium is an extremely important mineral as it relaxes our nervous system and calms us. This is especially important for those suffering from AI diseases as excess stress can further inflame our body and exacerbate our symptoms.

Nutritional yeast is a great dairy free substitute for cheese (check out our zucchini cheese recipe) and can also be added to roast veg, used to give flavour to kale chips and sprinkled on top of eggs. Give it a go – just be careful, you’ll easily become hooked!