My Scoop On The Best Nutritional Yeast UK

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Well do you know, I’m ashamed to say that I only recently discovered nutritional yeast, or nooch as it’s affectionately known.  All this time I’d been missing out on its flakey wonders! {holds head in hands}.

So before I recommend my favourite and best nutritional yeast UK, I want to quickly fill you in on what on earth nooch is!  And why you’re missing out on a super ingredient, if you’re not eating it…

Nutritional Yeast – The Lowdown

So nutritional yeast is a savoury-smelling powdered flake that you can add to your food as a coating, sprinkle or thickener.  And it’s great because it gives lots of extra nutrition and flavour to your dish.

Nooch is actually made from an inactive yeast strain – often a species called Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  In its production process, nooch yeast is grown using sweet things like molasses or sugar beet.  Then it’s harvested, deactivated with heat, washed and dried, ground up and finally packaged.

Nutritional yeast mustn’t be confused with brewer’s yeast, which is the stuff used in breadmaking as a raising agent, and totally inedible!

Nooch is also completely different to yeast extract – that thick dark brown paste we all know as Marmite (or Vegemite).

Because it’s no longer active, nutritional yeast can’t be used for baking, as the bread would simple never rise.  And because its inactive nooch doesn’t lead to an unhealthy yeast overgrowth in the body, in the way that Candida does.  Bonus!

Even better, nooch is a fab condiment for vegetarians and vegans, because it contains no animal derivatives but still produces a light cheesy flavour.  In fact its cheesy-nuttiness means it can be used as a cheese replacement in many recipes, to produce a similarly satisfying taste.

And more importantly the nutritional benefits are far superior to any of the other yeast products, because nutritional yeast is rammed with B vitamins and loads of other nutrients.

7 Awesome Reasons To Eat Nutritional Yeast

As a supplement to a clean wholesome diet, nutritional yeast is a great boost to your health in the following ways:

  • Contains many B vitamins – (including B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9) and at least 9 amino acids – so it’s good for skin problems, hair and nails, anti-aging and preventing acne.
  • Fab source of mineralsselenium, iron, chromium, zinc and potassium.
  • Helps maintain immune function – nooch is a source of immune-enhancing compounds like beta-1,3 glucan.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties – inhibiting the growth of microbes such as E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus and Candida.
  • Lowers cancer riskbeta-1,3 glucan and glutathione are important antioxidants so play a part in reducing the risk of cancer development in the body.
  • Lowers cholesterol – the same compounds are also involved in lowering cholesterol levels.
  • A great source of high-quality protein – with one serving providing an extra 5-10g protein per day.

My Recommendation For The Best Nutritional Yeast UK

Now since I originally wrote this post in June 2017, I’ve tried several different nooch brands and definitely have this one by Sari foods as my current favourite.  And I’m a real stickler for checking labels, ingredients and the provenance of products, cos I like to know exactly what I’m eating!  So I’ve done some research.

And there’s a tonne of reasons why I think it’s the best nutritional yeast UK, which I’ve listed below.  Not least because it has a lovely flavour, without the artificial additives of other products.  Let’s take a look…

best nutritional yeast UK

  • IT’S NOT FORTIFIED with any synthetic, man-made vitamins so all the nutrients are natural and bioavailable.  Sadly this is not the case with many other nooch products.
    (If you see B12 or folic acid on a nutritional yeast’s ingredients list, it’s because they’ve been manufactured and added artificially.)
  • IT INCLUDES ALL 18 AMINO ACIDS
  • It contains many different minerals, natural B vitamins and also beta-glucans.
  • It’s a source of the antioxidants glutathione and selenium.  As well as a special enzyme called glutathione peroxidase.  Which are all fab for fighting free radicals and signs of aging!
  • It does NOT contain nasty MSG, but derives its lovely umami flavour from a natural enhancer called glutamic acid.
  • It’s comprised of 50% protein and 25% fibre.
  • Is regularly tested by the manufacturer to ensure quality and that there’s no contamination with toxins (like lead).
  • Is vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
  • Is wild-harvested, so has no reliance on chemicals or GMOs.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Dairy-free.
  • Contains no added sugars or preservatives.
  • Is low in sodium.

And another fab thing, as if that wasn’t enough, Sari Foods send out a little recipe e-Book with their Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast, so you have loads of recipes to get going with when it arrives!  Instant inspiration – I love that!!

In fact so far, one of the tastiest nutritional yeast recipes I’ve stumbled on is this gorgeously simple nooch popcorn – which is super easy to prep and really moreish!

I also chuck my nooch on my scrumptious salads like this one, to give them an extra depth of flavour and mix them up a bit.  As well as hot foods like omelettes or roasted veggies, where the nooch melts in and gets scrumptious.

The uses for nutritional yeast are pretty limitless – dressings, sauces, stocks and toppings – you’re only limited by your own imagination.  But it really is a great way to bump up the nutritional content of your food, so I can’t recommend it enough!

So anyway, let me know if you have a best nutritional yeast UK product, that you much prefer to mine.

And I will of course update this post, when my fav product changes or if I come across what I feel is a better, healthier option.  Watch this space!

4 Comments »

  1. Emma - Superhealinglife September 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Sari’s nutritional yeast looks to be still available on Amazon UK at the moment.

  2. Emma - Superhealinglife September 9, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    You’re welcome Geraldine. And I’m totally the same, eating loads of veggies, but often just craving a new flavour element to give more variety. So nooch is perfect for that.

  3. Geraldine September 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Oh no, Sari appear to have discontinued this product.

  4. Geraldine September 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this information on nooch. I’m a rookie vegetarian, possible vegan. Taking a grip on looking after my body/health better than I have been. Chucking some vegetables together can be rather boring without having any imagination on how to jazz them up a bit.

    I’m excited to get started, researching loads on spices and sauces.

    Thanks again.

    Geraldine

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