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Nutritional Yeast Benefits + How to Use It

If you’ve never tried nutritional yeast before, now’s the time to start. This nutrient-rich super food is the perfect add-on to almost any savory dish. Learn the benefits of this vegan staple, and how to use it in your cooking to get the best out of its nutrients.

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What is Nutritional Yeast?

Made out of deactivated yeast, nutritional yeast is a popular pantry staple for many vegans. Unlike baker’s yeast, nutritional yeast can be used on its own as seasoning, or as an ingredient in a recipe. It has a cheesy, nutty flavor, making it a versatile add-on to almost any savory dish.

You can find nutritional yeast in almost any grocery store. It’s also available online in places such as Amazon and Target. And the two most common brands that sell nutritional yeast are, Bragg Organics and Bob’s Red Mill.


Related: The Best Vegan Pantry Staples for New Vegans


Nutritional Yeast Benefits

As the name stats, nutritional yeast is packed with nutrients. It’s full of B vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6 and B12. B12 is a very important vitamin for vegans to supplement. And eating nutritional yeast daily can help vegans meet their daily B12 requirements. Read my post on vegan vitamins and supplements here.

It’s also high in fiber, gluten free, low in sodium and low in carbohydrates. In addition, it also makes a great source of protein, with 8-10g of protein per 2 tablespoons.

How to Use Nutritional Yeast

Here are some ways to implement nutritional yeast into your everyday recipes:

  • Make a creamy pasta sauce
  • Sprinkle on top of salad
  • Cook cheesy kale chips
  • Season steamed veggies
  • Add to soup
  • Season tofu
  • Sprinkle on top of popcorn

Read More: 20 Ways to Use Nutritional Yeast


Are You Ready to Try It Out?

With all the benefits of nutritional yeast, why not give this savory seasoning a go? It’s a great source of B vitamins and packed full of protein, making it a perfect versatile staple for vegans and non-vegans alike. How would you use nutritional yeast? Share your ideas in the comments below.


  1. I use nutritional yeast sometimes if I need a cheese flavour in something and I try to use it more for the health benefits but I’m really not a fan of the taste unfortunately x

    1. I’ve heard some vegans say they didn’t like the taste until they’ve tried it several times. Maybe you could find a recipe that hides the flavor? Hopefully you can find something that works for you! Thanks for reading!

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