It feels like everyone has the spring cold, let the wiping of runny noses begin again… or maybe not! We have some serious science showing that you can boost your immune system significantly with just just 1/2 a teaspoon of nutritional yeast daily. Actually one of the studies done on CHILDREN showed a 50% decrease in colds and flu. (We all know how germy that little mini-me can be with daycare and school) The beta-glucan in the yeast raises the immune response, even just 1/8 of a teaspoon of nutritional yeast daily over a 12 week period not only reduced the incidence of colds and flu but in the kids that did get sick, they were sick for less than half of the time! On average the kids eating the nutritional yeast either didn’t get sick or were sick for only 3 or 4 days as opposed to the kids who did not eat any were sick an average of 9 or 10 days!
Let’s be honest it does look a bit like fish flakes but thank goodness it doesn’t taste like them! (At least I think it doesn’t, I’ve never tried fish flakes) It has a nutty, cheesy flavour and can be added to loads of different meals. We add it to our spaghetti sauce and then again on top like parmesan, I add it to my guacamole, to the mashed potatoes, to the baked potatoes, I sprinkle it on onions and mushrooms when I’m frying them to add to supper, I dump some into the curry, sprinkle it on tacos…sooooo many uses!
Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast so it wont cause any inflammation in the gut or contribute to candida. It is very beneficial for lowering cholesterol, is an antioxidant and is often fortified with vitamin B12 (something most of us, vegan or not, just aren’t getting enough of anymore…our food is too clean!)