Consider Nutritional Yeast Individually

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HeConnection-Food Facts-Nutritional Yeast Consider Nutritional Yeast Individually – Is nutritional yeast good or bad? Since the publishing of the “Yeast Connection”, yeast has caught a bad wrap. Many people stayed clear of anything that said yeast on the label because they didn’t want to get all of the dreaded conditions mentioned in the book. But not all yeasts are bad. Yeasts are unicellular (one cell) fungi.  True yeasts are separated into one main order Saccharomycetales. There are many different types of yeast, and yes some are bad. This article is focusing on “nutritional yeast” (potentially a good guy) and the potential benefits it can provide you as you build your supplement pyramid. Before we get into the benefits of nutritional yeast, let’s take a deeper look at yeast.

The bad guy mentioned in “Yeast Connection” is Candida albicans. The yeast-like fungus, Candida albicans, is commonly found in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract. Candida is a normal inhabitant of humans and normally causes no ill effects. However, the immune system is not functioning properly, we can be overtaken by this pathogenic fungus.

The most well-known and commercially significant yeasts are the related species and strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These organisms have long been utilized to ferment the sugars of rice, wheat, barley, and corn to produce alcoholic beverages and in the baking industry to expand, or raise, dough. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is commonly used as baker’s yeast and for some types of fermentation. The yeast’s function in baking is to ferment sugars present in the flour or added to the dough. This fermentation gives off carbon dioxide and ethanol. The carbon dioxide is trapped within tiny bubbles and results in the dough expanding, or rising.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae can be also taken as a vitamin supplement. Nutritional yeast is 50 percent protein and is a rich source of B vitamins, niacin, and folic acid.  Nutritional yeast is grown through a precise and controlled fermentation process.  After fermentation, the yeast is harvested, washed, pasteurized and dried.  Pasteurization inactivates the yeast, and drying imparts a nutty, toasted flavor to nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast is an excellent way to deliver nutrients to the body. Nutrients contained in the yeast are in a “food” matrix and generally more easily digested and absorbed. Many of the “whole food” vitamins on the market are manufactured with this principle in mind. You may read “fermented” or “cultured” on the label.   Vitamin and mineral yeasts are grown with controlled quantity of selected vitamins and minerals to yield a yeast “supplement that is high in quality. In the process of replicating, yeast metabolizes and assimilates the nutrients they are grown in (vitamins and minerals) into its cell matrix.  This process will yield a great natural sourced vitamin and mineral supplement. Yeast can also be made into specific mineral supplements by the same process. Examples of these would be: chromium, selenium, zinc, molybdenum and copper.

Finally, the main reason to look for a nutritional yeast supplement is they are packed with the essentials. The following is a brief list of what you will get with your nutritional yeast supplement.

  • Digestible protein, with essential and non-essential amino acids
  • B complex vitamins
  • Macro- and micro-minerals
  • #VeryLowGlycemic (or no-glycemic) complex carbohydrates such as mannan, and β 1,3/1,6 glucan
  • Glutathione, an intracellular antioxidant
  • Phospholipids such as lecithin

Nutritional yeasts are well accepted in natural medicine and available now in many different products on the market. You will find them in:

  • Dietary supplement – tablets, capsules, vitamin-mineral premixes, meal replacement
  • Food ingredient – snacks, sport nutrition, condiments, vegetarian products
  • Fermentation aid – pharmaceutical, bio-control, probiotics
  • Animal nutrition ingredient – pet foods, feeds, animal supplement

Health-e-Solutions Comment

We list nutritional yeast as a decidedly transitional food ingredient/supplement because it may contribute to gluten cross-reactivity in people with autoimmune diseases. It could also be an allergen to people with FODMAP sensitivity and may  contain mycotoxins (we could not find definitive information for that). We suggest using it with caution to begin with and only after you have achieved good blood glucose stability.

Health-e-Solutions-Food-Review-nutritional yeastThere is a plethora of divergent opinions about nutrition and diabetes management. We believe the guidance we provide In this downloadable, printable e-publication will help you make more informed decisions for thriving health and optimal #BloodSugarControl. We provide practical examples of select foods and how we believe they stack up for inclusion, exclusion or moderated use in the Health-e-Solutions lifestyle.

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