nutritional yeast

noun
plural nutritional yeasts

Definition of nutritional yeast

: a deactivated yeast (such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae) used in powdered or flake form as a flavoring or condiment Nutritional yeast is not a byproduct; it's grown specifically for dietary supplement use and has a better taste and nutritional profile than brewer's yeast (some brands are good sources of B-12). Its pleasant nutty-cheesy flavor makes it appealing to vegetarians—as a topping for popcorn, for example.— Andrew Weil

First Known Use of nutritional yeast

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Nutritional yeast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nutritional%20yeast. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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