Found on the shelves of any health food store worth their Himalayan Pink Salt, nutritional yeast is the sprinkled stuff of dreams for vegans because of its cheesy flavour.
But is it actually healthy?
Just one tablespoon of nutritional yeast contains all nine essential amino acids, about 4 grams of plant-based protein and roughly 65% of your recommended daily vitamin B12 intake (when fortified).
However, this doesn’t mean you should be dumping half a tub of it over your pasta: “As with any food, if you really overdo it, you run the risk of exceeding the tolerable upper intake level for the nutrients it contains. A tablespoon or two a day is plenty,” explains Amy Gorin, RDN, the owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition. “There are no downsides to nutritional yeast if you’re eating it in moderation. Per tablespoon, it typically only contains up to 10 milligrams of sodium and provides many nutrients, making it a great option for those who are looking to get a cheesy, savoury flavour without the saturated fat.”
So, what can you put it on?
“Nutritional yeast is an especially tasty addition to vegan macaroni and cheese. It’s also great sprinkled on mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables,” says Taylor Wolfram, RDN, owner of Whole Green Wellness. “If sprinkling it on nutrient-dense foods like veggies gets you to eat more veggies, then that’s certainly a health benefit in itself.”
Another fermented product is Releaf Probiotic 12-strain, which contains a combination of 12 probiotic strains that may help improve the microbial balance in the intestines and thereby the functioning of the digestive tract.
Probiotics have a broad spectrum of uses. They can help maintain microbial balance and help relieve the symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (1) and irritable bowel syndrome. (2)
Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.
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