What’s the difference between fortified nutritional yeast and unfortified?
Much like plant-based milks, nutritional yeast comes in two distinct forms: fortified and unfortified.
The unfortified yeast is free from any added vitamins or minerals and contains only the nutrients which are naturally found in the yeast itself.
Fortified yeast has additional vitamins and minerals added to the flakes in order to enhance their health benefits. It is the most common type of nooch you’ll find on supermarket shelves.
Don’t forget, if the product is labelled as vegan, particularly if it has the Vegan Trademark logo on the packaging, these additional ingredients will have a plant-based origin. So there’s no need to worry about potentially unethical hidden ingredients.
It’ll come as no surprise that fortified nutritional yeast products contain more vitamins than the unfortified alternatives.
However, both types do contain B vitamins and trace minerals.
A popular choice amongst vegans is to buy nutritional yeast which is fortified with vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that is not readily available in modern foods and is particularly not abundant in a plant-based diet.
Is nutritional yeast good for you?
Nutritional yeast is considered a superfood by many.
And when looking at the nutritional profile of these wonder-flakes, it’s easy to see why.
Nooch is naturally low in fat and carbohydrates, but comparatively high in protein.
For example, per 5g serving of unfortified nooch, there’s 2.4g of protein, 0.25g of fat, and 0.95g of carbohydrates, with next to no sugar or salt.
The protein found in these yellow flakes is also high-quality and complete. This means it contains all nine essential amino acids that we need to source from our foods.
Glutathione and Selenomethionine antioxidants are also found in nutritional yeast.
Antioxidants work to help your body process damage caused by pollutants, stress, and environmental toxins.
Even better, Beta Glucan, a dietary source of soluble fibre, is abundant in nooch flakes, which can help towards lowering cholesterol.