Nutritional yeast is rich in not just B-vitamins but other vital vitamins and minerals as well. 1/4 cup (16 grams) of nooch contains approximately 45-60 Calories and 8-10 grams of protein, 25 mg of sodium, 20% daily requirement of zinc and 6% magnesium. It contains an abundance of B-vitamins like:
- 640 percent DV of thiamine (vitamin B1)
- 570 percent DV of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- 480 percent DV of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- 280 percent DV of niacin (Vitamin B3)
- 130 percent DV of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
- 60 percent DV of folate (vitamin B9)
It should be noted that the content of vitamins and minerals can vary widely in different brands and this is the composition of fortified nutritional yeast. For example, while some may have as low as 130% DV for B12, others can go as high as 730% per serving. Because of the high nutritional value, you only need a small amount to get the benefits and it’s usually not advised to over consume nutritional yeast (1/4 cup is the standard serving size).
One of the concern with Nutritional Yeast is brand selection as some have shown to be contaminated with lead. We are happy to share that we only buy and use Red Star brand which was independently tested to be lead free
Red Star – Test shows no detectable lead (< 0.01 ppm).