Nutritional yeast is maybe the yummiest thing you’ve never heard of that doesn’t sound yummy at all. We know, the name is lackluster and the descriptor vague. But next time you spot some at your market, grab it. Nutritional yeast is a staple of the vegan (and many not-vegan) diets, praised for how versatile and healthy it is. But what is it? We’ll tell you.
What is nutritional yeast?
It’s an inactive form of the same yeast that you can use in baked goods. It’s grown with nutrients and water than dried out and broken into pieces or flakes. It has a bright yellow color and is sold in bags or canisters; you can find it in most health food stores.