A superfood that fills the body with health. That is the nutritional yeast A cheese flavored food (even though it is not of animal origin), gluten free, source of vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
"Yeasts are single-celled microorganisms, popularly known as fungi They are relatives of mushrooms and are usually included in the vegetable kingdom," explains Caroline Possato, a nutritionist at the Mineiro Institute of Endocrinology.
Among its components is vitamin B12, which is essential for the balance of the central nervous system, the production of blood cells, and the formation of the cells' DNA.
It also contains zinc and selenium, minerals that facilitate the body's chemical responses. It also has dietary fiber, which contributes to the proper functioning of the intestine and increases the feeling of satiety, a great resource for those who want to lose weight.
Other benefits of this food include improved immunity, healthier skin, hair and nails, and the prevention of anemia.
Types of nutritional yeast
The nutritionist explains that there are two types of yeast: Active e Inactive The former, also called fermentative, are used in baking and in the production of beverages such as beer, rum, and whiskey. They replace oxygen gas, converting sugar into ethyl alcohol and imparting a characteristic flavor to the liquid.
Kombucha Another example of a beverage fermented from yeast is becoming a worldwide trend in healthy eating. Because it is carbonated, it resembles sparkling wine or soda. It generates a feeling of well-being, helps digestion, and satiety.
"It's an excellent source of probiotics and antioxidants, but it shouldn't be used by everyone. People with liver problems, as well as children and people with diabetes, for example, should avoid consuming it. It's important to always consult a professional before including this drink in your diet", Caroline warns.
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Inactive yeasts are known as nutritional yeasts ( Nutritional Yeast ) "When the fungal culture is ready, it is deactivated under high temperature, then harvested, cleaned, dried, fortified with specific nutritional properties (vitamins and minerals), and only then marketed for use in preparing culinary recipes."
How to use nutritional yeast in food
Fungi have been part of human food for many centuries, because of their fermentative, nutritional, and even medicinal properties.
In markets, nutritional yeast is found in flakes or powder form. It can be used as a seasoning to enhance the original flavor of other foods, to improve texture, and to reduce the use of salt in different preparations. It also gives a creamier consistency to soups, broths, and sauces.
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You can add 1 tablespoonful of the product to drinks, pasta, pies, salads, popcorn, rice, beans, and purées.
In some individuals, consumption of yeast can cause nausea and excess gas, even in healthy people.
"People with liver problems, children, pregnant or nursing women, people with type 2 diabetes, or even recovering alcoholics should not consume yeast-enriched foods," says the nutritionist.
Remember to always consult a nutritionist or doctor before including yeast in your diet.
Nutritional Yeast and Weight Loss
Caroline informs that there are still no studies that prove the effect of yeast on weight loss. Therefore, the indication is always to adopt healthy eating habits, which help maintain or lose weight.
"It is important, above all, that the overweight individual has a medical, nutritional, and even psychological follow-up. The integral treatment will make it easier to change habits, ensuring success in losing weight", he concludes.