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Much Nutritional Yeast?
I sprinkle nutritional yeast on or in
most of the foods that I prepare for myself at home
(soups, sauces, steamed veggies, salads, etc.). Is there
such a thing as too much nutritional yeast in one's
diet, or is it pretty much harmless?
Moderate amounts of Red Star Vegetarian
Support Formula nutritional yeast not only taste good
but can add many valuable nutrients to our diet, such
as folic acid; B-complex vitamins, including vitamin
B12; and several important minerals and amino acids.
However, large amounts of nutritional yeast used on
a daily basis is not wise. A healthful vegan diet requires
the inclusion of a variety of wholesome foods. Reliance
on one particular item, no matter how beneficial, can
establish a nutritional imbalance. The same is true
of nutritional supplements -- too much of a good thing
isn't good. Nutritional yeast is both a food and a nutritional
Nutritional yeast is high in purines.
Large quantities of purines in the diet create an abundance
of uric acid, which has been associated with several
ailments, including gout. Furthermore, overreliance
on a single food in the diet may eventually cause a
sensitivity or possibly even an allergy to that food.
The recommended daily amount of nutritional
yeast is approximately 2 tablespoons of large flakes,
1 1/2 tablespoons of miniflakes, or 1 heaping tablespoon
of powder. Occasionally having larger servings than
this should not pose a problem, but on a regular basis
it would be smart to stay closer to these guidelines.
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