As one of our most popular products due to its lack of artificial fortification, Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast is revered for its natural nutritional benefits and lack of synthetic additives.
However, in the past Nutritional Yeast in general has received its fair share of criticism (largely due to misinformation) and because we so passionately believe in its superfood status as well as the proven benefit of its nutrients, we have written this article to discuss why these misconceptions are largely unfounded.
The origin of yeast can be dated as far back as the ancient Egyptians, it is most commonly known in its active form for its use in leavening bread but it actually comes in many different forms and nutritional yeast is the inactive counterpart. There are two main types of nutritional yeast and they are often interchanged but there are clear distinctions between them; brewers yeast and pure nutritional yeast.
Brewers yeast is so called because of its use in beer making. It is a by-product of the alcohol making process and whilst it does have some nutritional value, pure nutritional yeast is far superior without the bitter brewers yeast taste.
Pure nutritional yeast is the yeast strain saccharomyces cerevisiae and it is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. Used as a condiment for its low sodium salty taste, it is also used a lot in vegan cooking, as a cheese substitute and for thickening sauces as well as being consumed for its nutritional value and health benefits.
A single celled microorganism that feeds on sugar, yeast needs the same vitamins and amino acids as humans, yet because it is grown on sugary foods lacking in certain nutrients, the nutritional yeast is forced to make its own amino acids and vitamins through biochemical reactions resulting in its high nutritional composition.
Because of this nutritional yeast is often called a superfood and for good reason! It is an excellent source of both protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source) and fiber and contains all 18 amino acids and a multitude of different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties plus their ability to lower bad cholesterol).
A natural Vitamin B complex can provide you with energy and help maintain proper brain function. In fact, B vitamins have many roles in the human body. They also have an impact on our fat burning, sleep, healthy hair and much more. What’s more, B vitamins are often depleted during stress — which with todays current lifestyle makes the need for daily consumption of B vitamin-rich foods all the more important.
So here's the thing...
Despite the fact that nutritional yeast is often consumed for its nutritional value, most of the nutrients present in store bought nutritional yeast are not naturally occurring but are instead man made and synthetically added.
We'll just let you think about that for a minute.
Isn't it crazy? You think you're buying natures wholesome goodness and then its got all these added chemicals in it. Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the 'nutritional count' but at Sari Foods, we believe that these man-made vitamins are not only unnecessary, they can be harmful and toxic to our bodies, causing nutrient imbalances and forcing our kidneys and liver to work overtime while our bodies struggle to absorb them.
This goes against everything we stand for - so we decided to change things. Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast is 100% whole food based and naturally occurring - nothing synthetic here - just as nature intended! Our Nutritional Yeast is naturally comprised of 50% protein making it a great plant based protein option and a popular choice in vegan and vegetarian communities. It has a balanced amino acid profile and is one of the few low carb and low fat vegan protein options.
Furthermore, Nutritional Yeast is naturally rich in several B vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6, all of which have key functions in our bodies and we can promise you this... all of the nutrients in our products are naturally occurring - no unnecessary additives! Due to the conditions Sari Foods nutritional yeast is grown in, it makes for a yeast that is naturally nutrient dense and does not need additional fortification.
Yet despite all its natural goodness there is still some inaccurate information out there regarding its true benefits. A common myth regarding nutritional yeast consumption is that it must be avoided by individuals with a yeast overgrowth such as Candida Albicans. Pure nutritional yeast is not at all related to Candida Albicans and is perfectly safe to consume. Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast is pure, Non-GMO and is grown naturally on molasses and then harvested, washed and dried at a low temperature to kill or “deactivate” it. We regularly test our nutritional yeast (along with all our other products) to ensure only the highest quality. We test each batch for toxic metals, contaminants and other organisms. Our results show no contaminants, no detectable levels of lead and no GMO protein or DNA in the raw materials used as growth substrate.
Another misconception that we also get a substantial amount of enquiries about is the belief that nutritional yeast contains MSG like compounds. MSG is an excitotoxin, which literally overexcites your cells and is known to cause several adverse effects. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a synthetic flavor enhancer added to mainly processed foods and is not something that is naturally occurring. Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast is naturally grown, is 100% yeast with no fortification of synthetic additives including MSG.
The MSG confusion may come from a misunderstanding regarding naturally occurring glutamic acid. Glutamic Acid is an amino acid and amino acids are crucial in the human body. Synthetic MSG is synthesised using natural Glutamic Acid which is chemically altered to become the harmful MSG we all want to avoid but Glutamic Acid in its original form is not harmful and our bodies are designed to utilize a certain amount of it. When naturally occurring, like in nutritional yeast, Glutamic Acid is in a bound form, which is naturally broken down into its free form so that it can enter the bloodstream and be released by the liver to be used by the brain. It is the many other forms of artificial “flavoring” and yeast extracts found in processed foods that we should be avoiding.
To summarise, a Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast can offer an array of natural nutrients that enhance health and wellness in the human body without causing any damage as they are processed. Hopefully this article has answered a few questions for you, cleared up some of the confusing myths that circulate and highlighted the benefits of a natural nutritional yeast as part of a healthy balanced diet but it there's only one thing you take away from this article it should to remember to watch out for and avoid artificial fortification!