I didn't know about the supposed benefits of nutritional yeast (since I am an omnivore), until recently, but now that I am 46 and beginning menopause I am trying to only eat local and non-hormoned meat or vegetable sources of protein.
In herb class last night they mentioned nutritional yeast and I thought, now's the time to get into it.
But when I went to the health food store the first thing I noticed on the bin is the ingredients: yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6) one other B vitamin that had the word hydrochloride in it, and the synthetic name for the other 3 B vitamins....
Now I thought N.Y. was supposed to be "all natural" and healthy for me...So I asked about it, they looked at the bag (It's Red Star-about the only manufacturer out there)
So I went to the Red Star website. It's sister company makes "Flavor enhancers" like MSG (which is made on the same sugars as Nutritional Yeast is) food dyes and other things...
The yeast used in Nutritional Yeast is the SAME yeast used in breadmaking, BUT
and this is a really big BUT to me...
The Nutritional yeast is made by growing, harvesting, washing, and then...
from the RedStar website:The yeast is "heated by means of a heat exchanger and held at pasteurization temperatures for a period long enough to kill the yeast. During this holding period, the necessary vitamins, and/or minerals are added to meet the requirements of the specific type of nutritional yeast produced. The yeast is then drum-dried..."
So the yeast is DEAD, (no good probiotics) and the Vitamins are ADDED!
Many, Many websites sell RedStar yeast. One website touts that "...nutritional yeast is made from a natural fermentation source and not from a synthetic or animal source, it contains enough vitamin B-12 to fulfill a daily requirement.
But this feels like false advertising. All of the Veg-heads I know swear by the stuff as a superfood. It's just dead protein with added synthetic vitamins. It's a processed food.
I could just as well take a vitamin and a protein pill and be done with it.
I guess I am dissapointed.
I've checked my fermented food book, but not seen anything that would really supply good plant sources of protein.
So, I really just wanted to get that info out, in case people thought (like I did) that the N.Y. had super properties...
And if anyone has other ideas on sources of plant protien, I'd love to hear them. (I DO know about protein combining.)
I did hear something about natural and older, heirloom versions of corn being soaked in something (lime?) and then cooked with beans, as opposed to commercial corn tortillas and beans...but ???