Like Booch (Kombucha – see our post on it here), Nooch is the cool thing kids are saying these days. But what is it? Aside from a new, hip, word? Nooch is short for nutritional yeast. But don’t worry, as unappealing as it may sound, it’s not the kind of yeast that warrants a trip to the doctor!
So what exactly is nutritional yeast?
Despite the off-putting name, nutritional yeast is a form of inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses, and has a cheesy and nutty taste to it. This makes it extra special if you do not eat, or are limiting dairy and cheese products, as nutritional yeast is great sprinkled on popcorn or even pasta!
Why does this matter?
In addition to providing a healthier alternative to heavier sauces and dairy products, nutritional yeast contains essential B vitamins, which is great for everyone, but especially great if you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, since some nooch is fortified with vitamin B-12, a bacteria normally found in animal products. This is beneficial since b-vitamins help to fight and prevent the common cold, as well as brain and nerve function.* The good news, just a 1/2 – 2 tbsp. of most brands alone can provide a days worth of B-vitamins!
In addition to B-vitamins, nooch is also a complete protein, which means it contains nine of the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Now, do not worry if not every meal you eat does not have a complete protein. This is not the be all, end all, as throughout the day, if you are eating a clean, whole foods, diet, then you can easily receive all essential amino acids. However, it is nice to know that nooch is an option! Plus, it is free of gluten and provides a nice dose of fiber.
How can I use it?
A major benefit of nooch is that it can be used in just about anything! Making a pizza? Sprinkle on some nooch. Lasagna? Nooch it. Popcorn, pasta, vegan cheeses – nooch them all. In fact, if you are a member of our nutrition plan, you already know how much we love nooch, ways it can be swapped in, and recipes to use. Check it all out here.
Kale chips, red pepper pasta, and popcorn all using nooch. Find popcorn recipes here.
Where can I find it?
Nutritional yeast can be found in almost any grocery store or supermarket. It will depend on your local store, but for us, nooch is kept in the baking aisle. However, it can also be found in the bulk items section.
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