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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Date: March 1, 2008 at 8:02 am PST

In Reply to: Nutritional Yeast Flakes posted by Marcia on February 29, 2008 at 5:51 pm:

Hi Marcia

Nutritional yeast is often used by vegans and vegetarians because it is thought to be a good source of B vitamins and protein and some think of it as a good source of B12 and it is also often used as a cheese substitute in some recipes. Some people even use it in a shaker as a Parmesan cheese substitute.

There is only one (or maybe two) versions of it that may actually have B12 added to them, but I do not consider it a reliable source of B12.

I do not think it is a necessary addition to the diet as a healthy diet is not deficient in B vitamins or protein.

However, if you find it useful in some recipes, I see no reason to avoid it. Especially if it helps you consume more healthy foods, like salads and steamed vegetables.

In Health

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