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What is the difference between brewer’s and nutritional yeast?

Inactivated yeast are a unicellular fungus with high nutritional value. And brewer’s and nutritional yeast are Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Both types of yeast are usually sold in health food stores, but from the point of view of taste and nutrients the difference between them is large.

Brewer’s yeast is a product of brewing. Such yeast is grown on barley malt, which gives the characteristic bitterness of the beer yeast. Brewer’s yeast is also sometimes grown specifically for use as a dietary Supplement. This yeast is rich in B vitamins, protein, chromium and selenium. The key difference in the nutritional properties of brewer’s and nutritional yeast is that brewer’s yeast contains the trace mineral chromium and do not contain vitamin B-12.

Brewer’s yeast can be put in animal feed as a natural repellent against fleas. Brewer’s yeast reduced bitterness can be used in different ways, for example, sprinkle them on popcorn or mixed into yogurt. They can also be added to fruit and vegetable smoothies to mask the taste.

Nutritional yeast, on the other hand, are not a byproduct. They are typically grown on molasses sugar cane or beets. Compared with brewer’s yeast nutritional yeast have a mild nutty flavor. This type of yeast is an excellent source of Niacin and folic acid, zinc, thiamine and selenium. They can also be fortified with vitamin B-12, an important nutrient for vegetarians, who are more sensitive to the lack of B-12.

Unique nutty flavor of nutritional yeast makes them a popular vegan substitute for grated cheese (Parmesan, etc.). Nutritional yeast is also often sprinkled on pasta and popcorn. Nutritional yeast is a great ingredient homemade spread sandwich with peanut butter, for cooking which is necessary to mix three parts peanut butter with two parts of honey and add sufficient yeast to make a thick spread.

This article was written by staff writer iHerb.

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