If you want to know what non-fortified nutritional yeast is, what properties it has, and how to use it in your meals, here is everything you are looking for.

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

Many people say nutritional yeast tastes a bit cheesy. While it doesn’t taste cheesy to me exactly, I guess it depends on your taste buds. However, it does have that salty umami flavor that can satisfy cheese cravings.

Contrary to active yeast, the one that allows the bread to rise, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast, which has been heated. It is known as “pure”, and is obtained from a micro-organism, the Saccharomyces cerevisiae fungus, which is grown on sugar cane or beet molasses.

Nutritional yeast is sometimes enriched with chromium, selenium, which allows it to be particularly well absorbed by the body. It is sold in the form of powder or pale yellow flakes.

Types of Nutritional Yeast

There are two types of nutritional yeast: Non-fortified and fortified.

  • Non-fortified: This type of yeast does not contain added vitamins or minerals. It contains only the ones that are naturally produced by the yeast cells as they grow.
  • Fortified: This type of yeast contains synthetic vitamins added during the manufacturing process to increase the nutrient content. If vitamins have been added to the yeast, they will be included in the product Ingredient.

Where To Buy Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

Nutritional yeast is available in flake, granules, or powder form. It is available in health food stores and many common grocery stores. However, It is necessary to taste different brands to find the one you like.

It often comes in flakes that can be ground into a fine yellow powder. If it is a powder instead of flakes, the quantity required should be halved according to the recipe.

You can purchase nutritional yeast flakes online on Amazon.

fortified nutritional yeast flakes in a wooden bowl

What Is the Difference Between Brewer’s Yeast, Baker’s Yeast, and Nutritional Yeast?

Brewer’s yeast is a by-product of brewing in which the cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) are crushed (ground into very small particles) and dried at high temperatures. Beer yeast does not contribute to sourdough because the yeast has been removed.

It has a bitter taste and is often used as a dietary supplement because it contains nutrients such as B vitamins, amino acids, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and chromium.                                  

Baker’s yeast, on the other hand, is dried at a low temperature to prevent the yeast from dying. It is used to inflate bread and other baked goods. Types of yeast include Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida milleri, and Lactobacillus sanfrancisco (often used in sourdough bread).

So what about nutritional yeast? This is a yeast that is grown specifically as a supplement. It is available in powdered or flake form.

Because it is grown in molasses solution (concentrated juice from sugar cane or sugar beets), it has a sweet, nutty, cheese-like flavor.

Nutritional yeast is similar to beer yeast in that it is dried at high temperatures to produce inactive yeast. It also has similar nutritional properties to brewer’s yeast but is said to increase uric acid levels if taken more than 3 tablespoons a day.

Nutritional Yeast Benefits for Vegans

Nutritional yeast is rich in nutrients! It is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and amino acids. It is also high in vitamin B12, which makes it a popular ingredient for vegans, as it is difficult to obtain this vitamin without consuming animal foods. Therefore, it is a great seasoning for people who follow a diet without meat, eggs, or dairy products.

Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Nutritional yeast flakes are a versatile food that works with almost any type of diet or eating style. It is low in sodium and calories by nature, also fat-free, and sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Here are some of its benefits.

  • It’s a great source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals: Fortified usually has more B vitamins – one scoop between 30% and 180% of the recommended amounts – and both varieties contain complete proteins, as it has all nine essential amino acids that humans should get from food. One scoop contains 2 grams of protein, making it easy for vegans to add high-quality protein to meals. Minerals include zinc, selenium, manganese, and molybdenum.


  • Contains B12, essential for a healthy nervous system: Vitamin B12 is necessary for a healthy nervous system, DNA production, energy metabolism, and the creation of red blood cells. Vegans take supplements, as it occurs naturally only in animal products. Fortified varieties of nutritional yeast and other fortified foods are recommended supplemental sources.


  • It has powerful antioxidants: Nutritional yeast contains the antioxidants glutathione and selenomethionine, which protect your body from damage caused by heavy metals and free radicals, preventing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and macular degeneration.


  • It contains two main carbohydrates: alpha-mannan and beta-glucan, which can increase immunity and reduce the frequency of infections by pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, according to animal studies, as well as reduce tumor formation in mice. In addition, beta-glucan can help reduce cholesterol levels.

Why I Prefer Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast:

Nutritional yeast naturally contains many of the B-complex nutrients, and in recent years some brands have chosen to produce “unfortified” nutritional yeast to meet both consumer health preferences and the demand for non-synthetic products.

When B vitamins are added to “fortified” nutritional yeast, bright yellow flakes or powders are usually formed, while non-fortified varieties are much paler and/or golden in comparison. The flavor is still tasty, but without the chemical aftertaste that the fortified versions have.

Health Benefits Of Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast

  • Great protein supplement for athletes

Nutritional yeast contains a lot of protein, so it can be recommended for high-performance athletes, as it helps to improve recovery after exercise. Therefore, it is perfect for vegan or vegetarian athletes.

Within the carbohydrate family, beta-glucans are a type of polysaccharides found in cereals (such as oat flour), algae, yeast, and fungi, which are a great preventive and therapeutic tool thanks to their multiple benefits.

One of the most outstanding properties of beta-glucans is their ability to boost and modulate the immune response. Moreover, the antioxidant properties should not be forgotten either.

  • Helps regulate cholesterol

Beta-glucans help to reduce cholesterol absorption in the intestine (both exogenous and endogenous) and, therefore, help us to regulate blood cholesterol levels.

In addition, some B vitamins also help regulate cholesterol levels and prevent hardening of the arteries.

  • Helps control blood sugar levels

Beta-glucans also help to buffer fluctuations in glucose levels after meals. In other words, they help prevent high blood glucose spikes after eating.

In addition, nutritional yeast also contains chromium, a mineral that enhances the action of insulin and therefore also helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Read More.

non-fortified nutritional yeast on a glass jar on the side on a white background

How to Use Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

Nutritional yeast, unlike brewer’s yeast, does NOT have a bitter taste, in fact, its flavor is very appetizing. Descriptions vary depending on its presentation and the dish to which it has been added, but most agree that it has a similarity to cheese, nuts, or meat.

Therefore, you can use it just as you use Parmesan Cheese. It can be added to sauces, soups, risottos, salads or hot vegetables, grains, pastas, and more.

There are so many possibilities with this particular ingredient. I’m telling you, it’s crazy!!!!

Recipes With Nutritional Yeast Flakes:

How To Store Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast?

Storing it in a healthy way is crucial; half-open containers from the store won’t do it. Simple airtight glass containers or freezer bags help keep your nutritional yeast fresh and tasty for a long period.

  1. Measure the amount of yeast you can use in the next month or few weeks. Pour this amount into a top shake container with a lid that can be sealed, such as the type sold with shredded cheese inside. Use a wide-mouth funnel or a rolled sheet of paper to prevent spillage.
  2. Pour the rest of your nutritional yeast into large, airtight, storage containers, preferably glass. Seal the lid. If desired, label the containers with the date Place the containers in a cool, dry place or on a counter away from the sink.
  3. Determine if you will use all of the yeast in the container within six months. If not, you may want to store some of it in the freezer. Pour some of the yeast into freezer bags, empty the air out, and seal the bags. Store the bags in the freezer for later use.
  4. Nutritional yeast has a shelf life of up to two years if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It will also keep a little longer in the freezer.

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