Nutritional yeast is low FODMAP!
At a tested serving size of 15g, nutritional yeast is a PASS for FODMAPs. This is great news for all Fodmappers, but particularly for our vegetarians and vegans!
What is nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast sold commercially in the form of yellow flakes or as a yellow powder. It can be purchased from supermarkets and in the bulk aisle of many health food stores. It is a popular ingredient used among vegetarians and vegans in recipes or as a condiment. Its flavour is strong, and often described as cheesy, nutty, or creamy, making it a popular ingredient in cheese substitutes. Vegans often use it in place of cheese, for example, on top of fried potatoes, ‘scrambled’ tofu, or as a popcorn topper.
How to identify nutritional yeast
In Australia, nutritional yeast is sometimes sold as ‘savoury yeast flakes’. In New Zealand, it is called ‘Brufax’. In the United States it can be referred to as ‘hippie dust’, ‘yeshi’ or ‘nooch’; the latter meaning ‘for a thousand’ in Ethiopian culture. Nutritional yeast is different from yeast extract, as yeast extract has a very strong flavour and is purchased in the form of a brown paste.
What about its nutritional value?
Nutritional yeast is a great source of B-complex vitamins, which are important for helping the body generate energy. It is low in saturated fat and sodium, which is great for your cardiovascular health, and it is also a good source of protein and dietary fibre. Add these benefits to the fact that it also contains various amounts of trace elements, vitamins and minerals, and is even sometimes fortified with vitamin B12.
We’re glad this nutrient powerhouse is low FODMAP at its tested serving size.
So now, you can..
Eat with confidence!