Juicing for Health: Four Cheers for Nutritional Yeast

Juicing to supercharge your day whether you juice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be turbo-charged with the addition of nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast has gained popularity over the past decade with vegetarians and vegans as an easy source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Nutritional yeast also contains other beneficial nutrients to our bodies as well.

Gimme’ a B for B Vitamins

The primary goodness of nutritional yeast is in its wide-spectrum of B-complex vitamins which is vital for general wellness. A single serving (2 Tablespoons) of nutritional yeast contains Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Vitamin B6, and Folic Acid (B9), topping out at a 640% of the recommended daily value for Thiamin and closing at a 60% of the recommended daily value for Folic Acid. If Vitamin B12 is present in your nutritional yeast, it was added in making the yeast ‘fortified.’

All of these vitamins are known as the B-complex and provide vital nutritional support to your central nervous systems; aid in the production of antibodies and red blood cells in the circulatory system; strengthen the musculoskeletal system; and improve the processes of digestive system and the reproductive system.

Gimme’ a C for Culture

Nutritional yeast is made by culture yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for 7 days. It is then harvested, washed, dried, and packaged. It either appears as yellow flakes or powder.

Gimme’ a E for Extra Nutrients

Nutritional yeast gives good protein at 17% of the daily value. And it packs a healthy wallop of phosphorus, zinc, and selenium at 17%, 21%, and 32% of the daily value. Nutritional yeast is low in fat, sodium and is sugar, dairy and gluten free. A 2 tablespoon serving weighs in at 60 calories.

Gimme’ a F for Flavor

Nutritional yeast has an empowered flavor that many describe as cheesy, creamy, or nutty. It’s used as a cheese substitute or in place of Parmesan cheese for pasta toppings like pesto. It can also be found gracing the top of popcorn – check your local movie theater to see if they offer it. Include nutritional yeast in potatoes, tofu, or eggs for some extra yum.

In juicing and smoothies, nutritional yeast goes well with a variety of different combinations. Try the Spicy Top Notch Tomato or add it to a green drink. Nutritional yeast tastes best when added to vegetable juices.

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