What is Nutritional yeast? 

Nutritional yeast is a species of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is the same type of yeast that’s used to bake bread and brew beer; however, it is inactivated, meaning that the yeast cells are killed during manufacturing and not alive in the final product. Nutritional yeast is sold as flakes, granules or powder and can be found in most health food shops. It is naturally low in sodium and calories, as well as fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan.

What does it taste like? 

Most often described as nutty and cheesy, nutritional yeast also packs a good punch of umami, the deep savouriness often referred to as the fifth taste.

How can I use nutritional yeast? 

Dried nutritional yeast is a versatile seasoning for plenty of foods. Think of it as a dairy-free alternative to Parmesan and shake it over pasta, salads or popcorn, stir it into soups or bake it into breads or scones. Many vegan recipes use nutritional yeast to add creaminess or cheesiness to sauces, especially in dishes like mac and cheese, pasta bakes or potato gratins.