Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Food that Affects Your Pee- Part 2: Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is made by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses (hey, beets!). The yeast is then harvested, washed, dried and then packaged. Usually it's available in the form of flakes and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. A lot of vegans eat it because it tastes like cheese.

Well, actually I don't think it tastes like cheese, I think it tastes like gravy. It is, however, a good cheese substitute. It's also good on popcorn and you can just spread butter over a slice of bread and sprinkle it on. There's this hippy commune called The Farm that came out with a cookbook. They use it in almost every recipe and they're all delicious.

Also, it turns your pee neon yellow. It looks like Gatorade. The reason for the fluorescent color is that nutritional yeast is loaded with B12 and there is no way your body can absorb all of the B12, so it ends up tinting your urine.


Alex said...

Thanks for this . . . I had a low level worry that perhaps my batch of yeast had been colored yellow with food coloring or something. Good to know!

Tanesha Rogers said...

Now I get it!! Thanks for the info regarding the bright yellow tinted urine I get as a result of my nutritional yeast obsession.

strongwindsahead said...

Glad the post was helpful! Yeah, I am obsessed with the stuff. Just had it with popcorn. :P

abel moore said...

Thanks. I was wondering why my urine turned so yellowish.