Brewer's yeast is a good source of vitamins B1, 2 and 3. Vitamins B1, 2 and 3 are necessary for:
-carbohydrate and iron metabolism (think: energy!)
-making ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy that powers our body's cells, and
-supporting nervous system structure and function.
Excessive alcohol drinking can cause B1 deficiency. Headaches and dermatitis can indicate B3 deficiency. Because B3 is mainly found in the greatest amounts in meats (chicken, salmon, beef, lamb), Brewer's Yeast is a good source of B3 for vegetarians and vegans.
Brewer's yeast is not a good source of vitamin B12 (nor is Marmite or Vegemite), even though it is often promoted as such. B12 is only found in animals foods (meats, fish, eggs). So if you are vegetarian or vegan, you will need to supplement B12. Supplements should always be recommended by a Nutritionist because poor quality forms of B12 (typically seen in supermarket and some pharmacy vitamin products) can be harmful and can worsen health problems like B12 deficiency, anxiety and depression.
A nourishing spread called Dynamite can be made from Brewer's yeast using just three ingredients. It is similar in taste and texture to Marmite but because it doesn't contain the refined sugar, corn and artificial food colouring added to Marmite, Dynamite is more nourishing.
To make a small amount of Dynamite dip/spread (the amount in the photo above)
1/2 a tablespoon of good quality olive oil (buy locally made, first press if you can)
2-3 tablespoons of water
2 heaped tablespoons of Brewer's Yeast
Double or triple this recipe to make a bigger batch.
-Combine the Brewer's Yeast and olive oil in a bowl.
-Add the water gradually and stir. Aim for a moist, paste-like texture.
-Your Dynamite can now be enjoyed as a dip with raw veges and rice crackers, as a spread on toasted sourdough or seed crackers, or as a dressing on steamed green veges.
Store in the fridge covered. Will keep for a couple of days.
Please note, Brewer's Yeast is not a pathogenic (harmful) yeast; it is also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and has been historically used in wine making, baking and brewing. The harmful yeast you may know of is Candida albicans, a pathogen that can proliferate in the human body, especially after antibiotic use or with excess sugar consumption, and cause health problems.
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