Each Saturday, we try to give you tips, food suggestions and recipes for the coming week ahead. I've received a few requests on Brewer's Yeast recently so I thought we would feature that today. Brewer's Yeast is a real-food based nutritional supplement (not a pill form). It is made from a fungus (don't let that gross you out) called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Brewer's Yeast is recovered by the beer-brewing process. It should also be noted that Brewer's Yeast is not the same as nutritional yeast or baker's yeast. Brewer's Yeast is a fantastic source of minerals like chromium (helps body maintain normal blood sugar levels), selenium (antioxidant, helps immune system and regulates thyroid), protein and B-complex vitamins.
The B-complex vitamins include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid) and H or B7 (biotin). All of these vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which give the body energy. They also support the nervous system, help maintain the muscles used for digestion and also play a role in keeping the skin, hair, eyes, mouth and liver healthy. It's also been used in studies to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol. And some studies have shown it has helped to reduce body fat and maintain a healthy weight. Talk about a supplement!
Depending on brand, its taste has a nutty flavor. I personally love the taste, but if you aren't used to it, it might take a little getting used to. I also like it that is great source of protein. I buy the Solgar powder brand. It has the best taste in my opinion. You can find the Solgar Brewer's Yeast at Whole Foods and other natural food stores.
You can sprinkle it on eggs, sweet potatoes, salad - any dish really. I would recommend that you use on a moist or liquid dish vs dry as the Brewer's Yeast is dry to begin with. Try mixing it with applesauce to start with. You can also mix with a little water. But I think it tastes better on food. Or you can try mixing it with Hemp Milk or Coconut Milk too.
And if you have a dog, Brewer's Yeast is also great for them. They also need vitamins and minerals just like we do. Brewer's Yeast also helps dogs to repel fleas.
The photo shows a little glass dish of the Brewer's Yeast, so you know what it looks like :).
Eat for health!
(And if you are reading this on Saturday, March 3, 2012, I'm climbing/snowshoeing/mountaineering/panting my way up FIVE 13ers peaks!)