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Apr 10, 2010 03:52 PM

Where do you find nutritional yeast?

My kids are alergic to dairy, so I have been looking forever for a substitute for cheese for cooking (such as mac and cheese, pizza, etc). They can't have commercial cheese substitutes either because of the thickening agents used in them (such as carrageenan, and others). Recently I have heard about a vegan cheese recipe using fat and nutritional yeast. Has anyone here tried that, and where do you find nutritional yeast around Berkeley?

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  1. bulk food section at the Berkeley Bowl.
    i like it on popcorn.

    my cat loved it, and it's s'posed to keep away the fleas...but I'm not sure about that. but she was healthy -- an indoor/outdoor cat that lived to be almost 21 years old.

    Berkeley Bowl
    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

    1. Brewer's yeast is likely to be at most if not all health food stores as well as BB as previously mentioned, Whole foods and Food Mill in Oakland. If you've never been to Food Mill you might try it. It is an old time health food store and very well versed in alternatives long before anyone else new about them. The staff is very helpful and they know what they're talking about.

      Food Mill
      3033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

      6 Replies
      1. re: cakebaker

        I do not believe brewers yeast and nutritional yeast are the same.

        1. re: wolfe

          They are not the same at all. Brewer's yeast does not taste that great by itself. Whole Foods usually has it in the bulk aisle. Also can get it online for good prices.
          Tastes great on almost everything - I love it on eggs, salad, soup... anything that a little Parmesan would taste good on works.
          I think Frontier makes a really good quality yeast - made at low heat...

          1. re: takuhead

            Thank you, eveyone! I will check out BB and Whole Foods.

            1. re: SerenaE

              Just bought some at whole foods, but it is in the nutritional supplements section.

          2. re: wolfe

            I stand corrected as to my specific reference to brewer's yeast when Serena asked for nutritional yeast. However, they are from the same strain of yeast...namely "Saccharomyces cerevisiae" and are both now grown on some type of beet or cane molasses. Years ago, brewer's yeast was what was available in health food stores and what Adelle Davis recommended in the 60's as a source of B vitamins and protein. "Nutritional Yeast" is a relatively newer product and more palatable. Brewer's yeast is generally more concentrated and a higher source of minerals and protein...hence it's stronger taste. Having consumed lots of debittered brewers yeast over the years I can see why the newer "nutritional yeast" would be better as a topper but they are the same yeast. You can't even state that one is higher than the other in a nutritional value as now it depends on the mfr. and what they grow it on so often nutritionally they are identical if not in taste.

        2. Having done a lot of research into the nutritional aspects of different brands, plus a million taste tests, I recommend Lewis Labs brand. I also recommend it to a lot of people in my line of work and they seem to prefer it as well. I know they sell it at Alameda Natural Grocery but it's probably at Berkeley Bowl as well. Not sure about WF. It's usually in the supplements section of a retail store.

          FYI, there's a raw vegan "cashew cheese" sold at the WF in Oakland. It's a soft creamy product, not a hard cheese.

          Berkeley Bowl
          2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

          Alameda Natural Grocery
          1650 Park St, Alameda, CA