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The Vegan Wonder Drug

Red Star Nutritional Yeast is amazing stuff. It’s high in so many nutrients!

Did you know that 1 and 1/2 tablespoons has EIGHT grams or protein? If you think you might be deficient in a certain nutrient, or even if you don’t, Red Star nutritional yeast can make a great addition to any diet—especially a vegan diet, thanks to the Vitamin B12 it contains.

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Have you ever tried nutritional yeast? If you have, what are your favorite ways to eat it? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

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Published on April 11, 2010

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  1. Gaby says

    woah! That’s a ton of protein! I knew it had a lot of B-12 and that’s important. This is good to know because I used like half a cup or more in a bowl of savory oats tonight 🙂
    I also make vegan mac and cheese with it about once a week, use it on pasta, kale chips, and many other things.
    Dessert pizza basically just seems like a mini cake, and I do make “single serving” cakes (meaning serves 4-5 normal people and one Gaby). They are quite tasty and convenient!

  2. Amanda says

    Hello chocolate friend! Passing along something that I just learned recently (you may already be savvy to this..I wasn’t)..I am working on a vegan nutrition guide with the local vegan association here in Boston..we hired a nutritionist to write it and when covering B12, she told me that you have to make sure that you are buying a fortified B12 nutritional yeast..there are indeed some out there that are not fortified. I think all the Whole Foods brands ones are but Red Star has a variety that is not fortified. You may already know this but I didn’t..I was actually a little shocked. Thought I’d just pass it along if it’s helpful!

    CCV’s note:
    Amanda’s 100% right. Not all nutritional yeast is fortified. Look for the “Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula” when buying. I *think* that’s the one Whole Foods always sells. But obviously I can’t speak for every Whole Foods, so if you get your nutritional yeast from the Whole Foods bulk bin, make sure that it says “Lessafre” or “Red Star” on the bin (or ask).
    Also: B12 is light-sensitive, so it’s also best to keep the yeast in the refrigerator or freezer, out of the light.

    I’d meant to mention this in my post, but forgot. So thanks a ton, Amanda, for pointing it out! 🙂

  3. Lauren says

    I love this stuff too! At first I didn’t really think it was anything special but it has really grown on me. I almost crave it these days! I use it to make “cheeze” sauce, as flavoring on kale chips, extra protein on my salads, you name it I’ve probably sprinkled it on there!

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    I did a MASSIVE post on nooch about 2 weeks ago. Glad to see you tackling it too 🙂 And I got your other email reply, one post at a time girl, changing minds and attitudes. Even though I dont set out to do that, if i can in the process, it’s a good thing 🙂

  5. Rebecca says

    Hmm..doesn’t it seem odd to use something for B12 purposes that only has B12 because it is fortified? I always thought nutritional yeast was a natural form of B12…and although I adore the taste, I feel somewhat conflicted in using it as a B12 source if it is only added in there (why not just take a vitamin in that case?) hmm..quite a conundrum indeed!

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