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This is my current vegetarian mystery. I've never seen the stuff, only read about it...<br><br><br><br>
I hadn't heard about it until I acquired a copy of the vegetarian times cookbook. In some section they mention it as a source of... i forget what.. but then recommend that if you're going to use it to start out only a little tiny bit at a time because it can cause gastrointestinal distress (gas, etc...) if your body isn't used to it.<br><br><br><br>
Then it goes on to have good sounding recipes that call for 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast.<br><br><br><br>
To put it simply, i'm scared.<br><br><br><br>
I have heaps of digestion problems and I have no real info as to what Nutritional Yeast is exactly, and what it does when you eat it! lol. I would just leave it out of the recipe but since it calls for SO MUCH, there has to be a significant reason for it in taste or texture..<br><br><br><br>
So yea.. thats it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'd say ease into it. I use it instead of parmesan on my pasta. I eased into it to get used to the flavor. There's lots of uses like that. Starting off small, you can test your tolerance level.
 

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Nutritional Yeast has B12, which can only be found in fish sources and yeast. Your body does need it if you plan on not eating fish. You have time to ease into it because your body will store your B12 in the body for 3 years. That doesn't mean that you should not have it for 3 years, but it does mean that you can take it slowly. Also, I just started drinking fortified soy milk. Check yours to see if it offers B12 and if it does, then dont worry about going full fledged with the yeast, just add some to your meals here and there. I had made the mistake of drinking it in a glass of water for the first couple months going veg....YUCK!!!!! Don't make my mistake, it will save you lots of time with agony<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Also, half a cup is A LOT of yeast. You only need about 2 table spoons a day.
 

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That's interesting. I have plenty of digestive complaints as well, but nutritional yeast does not bother my stomach at all. I use it in "cheesy" type of recipes, and I love it!<br><br>
Don't be scared <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by sunshinemelissa</i><br><br><b>... Your body does need it if you plan on not eating fish.<br><br><br><br>
...Also, I just started drinking fortified soy milk. Check yours to see if it offers B12 and if it does, then dont worry about going full fledged with the yeast, just add some to your meals here and there.</b></div>
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I haven't eaten meat of any kind in 9 yrs, so certainly I don't plan on fish any time soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I drink rice milk, but yea, its B12 fortified, so is my breakfast cereal, my oatmeal, my luna bars... never been a concern.<br><br><br><br>
So what if I just left it out of recipes?
 

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It probably depends on the recipe. If the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of it (btw, 1/2 cup is 8 Tb -- if there are 4 or more servings in the recipe you're not getting more than the recommended 2 Tb), it's probably pretty important to the flavour of the recipe. By contrast, if the recipe only contains a bit, it's probably fine to leave it out.
 

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In general it is added to a recipe for flavour-it gives an interesting, some say cheesy taste. I absolutely love the stuff but it is an acquired taste. I also have tons of digestive problems-which is why I am vegan now!-and nutritional yeast has never ever bothered me. My favourite recipe with nutritional yeast is:<br><br>
cut up a block of tofu into slices,<br><br>
fill a small bowl with tamari-dip each slice of tofu into the tamari and leave for a minute<br><br>
filla small bowl with nutritional yeast-dip each tamari soaked slice of tofu into the nutritional yeast. and fry it in a little oil in a frying pan.....it is wonderful!<br><br>
Also you can try it on popcorn to see how you like the flavour.
 

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If you are having that much fortified food, then adding it to your foods should not be a problem. Check the percentages of daily requirements on the labels. My soy milk gives 50% of the daily requirement, but if yo're getting it other sources too, then you could be getting the full days without even having to add any yeast to your food. If you're still not getting enough, i would suggest adding a Tablespoon to something wach day, like into your oatmeal or smoothies, sprinkle it over some veggies. I absolutely agree with portobella that it is an acquired taste. You may have to get used to it. It took me a while.
 

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I love nutritional yeast. I put it on pasta, on toast, on peanut butter sandwiches, in my mashed potatoes...<br><br><br><br>
It's supposed to add cheese taste to stuff, but I don't think it's really that cheese-like. Kind of unusual...takes some getting used to, but worth it in the end.
 

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I too have had digestive problems in the past (another reason why I went vegan) and nutritional yeast doesn't bother me. I love the stuff! If you have more questions about it, do a search on here for nutritional yeast. There's tons of good info on it right on these boards.<br><br><br><br>
Portabella, I do the same thing with my nutritional yeast and tamari and tofu.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Even my husband and my son go crazy for that! And it couldn't get any easier to make!
 

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Here's another way to enjoy nutritional yeast:<br><br><br><br>
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds<br><br>
1/4 cup nutritional yeast<br><br>
1/4 teaspoon sea salt<br><br><br><br>
Mill ingredients together in a food processor.<br><br><br><br>
It's supposed to be faux parmesan cheese. I just think of it as tasty topping for pasta or veggies.
 

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I have just started to use nutritional yeast, and it's delicious! Perhaps I just have strange taste-buds, but I didn't need a period to get used to it in order to like it; it was fabulous from the first! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Go ahead and try it! Hope you love it too.
 

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Oh, I really like it too! I have several recipes that call for 1/4-1/2 cup of it...like scalloped potatoes and chick pea a la king. It adds a somewhat cheesy, creamy flavor and neither recipe would be right without it. I say just go ahead and give it a try!
 

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Borealis, great idea. I've been using the flakes straight, but your recipe sounds yummier. I'll have to give that a try.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Borealis, great idea.</b></div>
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I can't take credit -- I got it from a cookbook. Either the peta cookbook or How It All Vegan, I forget which. But yeah, it's really yummy!
 

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probably the peta one, because it doesn't sound familiar and I've read How it All Vegan a million times. or, maybe I just missed it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by sunshinemelissa</i><br><br><b>If you are having that much fortified food, then adding it to your foods should not be a problem. Check the percentages of daily requirements on the labels.... If you're still not getting enough, i would suggest adding a Tablespoon to something wach day...</b></div>
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My average breakfast (okay, i'm dull, i eat the same thing just about ever day) supplies me with 125% of my daily value of B12. I eat Kashi Heart to Heart most mornings I eat breakfast, and its got 100% of my B12 right there, plus my rice milk...<br><br><br><br>
I wasn't actually concerned about missing out on vitamins. I more concerned about the supposed negative effects on my digestive wellbeing by randomly dumping piles of it into recipes.<br><br><br><br>
I should look up what recipes those actually were...
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by rabid_child</i><br><br><b><br><br>
I wasn't actually concerned about missing out on vitamins. I more concerned about the supposed negative effects on my digestive wellbeing by randomly dumping piles of it into recipes.<br><br><br><br>
I should look up what recipes those actually were...</b></div>
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Well, I don't know about your particular digestive foibles. But my system handles it just fine. The only thing I notice is my pee is brighter yellow from the B vitamins. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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