5 Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

Find out why nutritional yeast is your new best friend.

5 Health Benefits of Nutritional Yeast

By Reina Berger

Whether you're a vegetarian looking for more protein, a vegan in need of a non-cheese ingredient that tastes like the real thing, or you are just curious about trending foods, there is no day like the present to give nutritional yeast a try. These flakes are delicious, multi-purpose, and have tons of health benefits too. Here are five reasons to add this seasoning to your shopping cart today.


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Vitamin B-12

Since most sources of B-12 tend to come from red meat, animal products, sardines, and tuna, the vegan and vegetarian community particularly welcome nutritional yeast. While it doesn’t naturally contain B-12, some brands are fortified with it. All you need is one tablespoon of this seasoning to get your daily dose of vitamin B-12, which is responsible for regulating your nervous system, maintaining your digestive system, increasing energy, and protecting against breast, colon, and stomach cancer.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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