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Nooch: The Ultimate Guide To This Vegan Yeast

Nooch: The Ultimate Guide To This Vegan Yeast

Nutritional yeast, fondly called “nooch” for short, is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. It is quite similar to the active yeasts found in breads, but it has no leavening ability.

Nooch is commonly used as a topper for dishes like popcorn, pasta, and French fries. It is often used to mimic cheese in vegan dishes and to thicken sauces and dressings. Though it allows for some amazing variety in a vegan diet, nutritional yeast is not reserved just for vegans. It is delicious with a cheesy, umami-like flavor and is a healthy addition to anyone’s diet.

Nutritional yeast is popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes as it has a strong flavor that is often described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy. It is produced by culturing the yeast in a nutrient medium. The growth medium is either sugar cane or beet molasses. When the yeast is grown, it is deactivated using heat after which it is harvested, washed and dried. Nooch is yellow in color. It is packaged and sold in flakes, granules or a powder-like form.

Nutrition Profile of Nooch

Nutritional values for nutritional yeast vary from one manufacturer to another.

  1. Nutritional yeast is particularly rich in B vitamins. It is a great source of vitamin B6 and is usually fortified with vitamin B12. Unfortified nutritional yeast provides from 35 to 100 percent of vitamins B1 and B2.
  2. Nooch contains selenium, iron and zinc
  3. About 2 tablespoons have 60 calories with 5g of carbohydrates (four grams of which is fiber).
  4. Nooch has complete and digestible protein, with essential and nonessential amino acids. It provides all the nine amino acids the human body cannot produce. A serving provides 9 g of protein.
  5. It also contains minerals such as chromium, intracellular antioxidants like Glutathione and phospholipids such as lecithin.

Nooch is also low in sodium and fat, gluten-free. It does not contain any added sugars or preservatives.

Health Benefits of Nooch

Nooch has plenty of health benefits. Here are some of them.:

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1. Improves Immunity

Nutritional yeast contains beta-1, 3 glucan, trehalose, mannan and glutathione, which are associated with enhanced immunity and a reduced risk of cancer. It also contains selenium, which helps repair cell damage. The zinc content in nooch aids in tissue repair and wound healing. Zinc is a powerful antioxidant and it fights free radical damage helping slow the aging process

2. Helps Maintain Optimal Cholesterol Levels

Nutritional yeast may help lower cholesterol naturally due to its selenium content. Selenium reduces inflammation and prevents platelets from aggregating, which is necessary for blood clots to form. Blood clots can lead to stroke, heart attacks, kidney failure, etc. The niacin found in nutritional yeast helps to minimize the LDL triglyceride and cholesterol levels which in turn accelerates the secretion of high-density lipoprotein or HDL level in the blood.

2. Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties

Nutritional yeast has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It has proven to be one of the best remedies for chronic candida symptoms, a specific type of yeast infection.

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3. Improves Digestion

Regular consumption of nooch helps maintain healthy bacteria balance in the gut which is important for immune health. Nutritional yeast has many digestive system benefits The probiotics in nutritional yeast may help cure diarrhea.

Since it does not contain any dairy products, nutritional yeast has also been found helpful for those who suffer from lactose intolerance.

4. Improves Blood Production

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia, and it occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron. Fortified and unfortified nutritional yeast both provide iron . Fortified yeast provides up to 20 percent of the recommended daily value.

5. Contains Beneficial Protein

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Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Vegans and vegetarians often struggle to find enough protein sources in the diet. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein and it contains all nine of the essential amino acids at only 80 calories a serving.

6. Promotes Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

Nutritional yeast contains many B vitamins, all of which tend to benefit healthy hair, skin and nails. Vitamin B7 or Biotin is essential for maintaining the texture, tone and strength of your hair.

Vitamin B5 can minimise acne by breaking down oils in the form of triglycerides and cholesterol. The niacin content in nutritional yeast helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, red blotchiness and even chronic acne.

7. Aids a Healthy Pregnancy

Nutritional yeast is a great choice for pregnant women as it is rich in folate. Sufficient consumption of folate during pregnancy may help prevent major birth defects such as spina bifida. Pregnant women require 400 to 800 micrograms of folate daily. Just one tablespoon of nutritional yeast contains 1,059 micrograms of folate.

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Possible Side Effects

Since the yeast is completely pasteurized and deactivated, it is quite safe and it will give rise to yeast overgrowth in someone who consumes it. There aren’t any recorded risks in consuming nooch, unless someone has a specific food allergy to it.

A sensible approach to experimenting with new foods is to try consuming it in small amounts and see how your body reacts to it. Nooch has so far proven to be a safe and healthy alternative to cheese for vegans.

How to Use Nooch in Recipes

Nutritional yeast can be used as a condiment. Simply put the powder form in a shaker and sprinkle it on all your meals – soups, popcorn, salads, etc. Add it in any recipe that calls for a cheesy flavor.

    To make this cheesy vegan hummus recipe all you have to do is toss in some cooked chickpeas, a clove of garlic, a little tahini and a scoop of nooch into a food processor. Add salt and lemon juice to suit your taste buds. Drizzle some olive oil and add a dash of paprika – you have made the world’s best cheesy hummus!

    There are plenty of ways to add nutritional yeast to your diet. Here are 7 delicious vegan recipes using nooch. You can make gravies, dips, hash browns, corn dogs, cauliflower buffalo wings and many more!

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    Last Updated on October 20, 2020

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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    More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

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