Monday, June 14, 2010

Nutritional Yeast Extract

Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is killed in the process of thermal treatment; nevertheless this yeast remains undestroyed. The yeast extract in question (usually Saccharomyces Cerevisiae) is characterized by high content of proteins and vitamins, especially vitamins B group. Some of the nutritional yeasts are rich in Vitamin B12 of bacterial origin.

Nutritional yeast is made by culturing the yeast together with sugarcane and beet molasses. Thereafter this yeast is harvested, washed, dried and packaged.

This product enjoys wide popularity among vegans and vegetarians. It is very often used in the capacity of an ingredient in various recipes or it can be also used as a condiment.

The given product is sold in the form of flakes or yellow powder in health food stores in Europe and in the Northern America as well. Vegans use the nutritional yeast as a substitute of cheese in vegan and vegetarian cuisine. In order to make a dish taste like a cheese or to give it a stiff consistency, the nutritional yeast is added to vegan pizzas, omelettes, soups, baked puddings or various sauces. People also sprinkle spaghetti with nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan. Some motion picture theatres situated in America offer their visitors nutritional yeast, together with salt or cayenne pepper as popcorn condiments. The yeast is also used for producing of vegetarian pastes.

In Australia the nutritional yeast is known and sold as “savoury yeast flakes”. In New Zealand it is known as Brufax. It should be noted that that nutritional yeast differs from yeast extract, which is characterized by strong flavour and it is produced in the form of dark brown paste.


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