nutritional yeast


plural nutritional yeasts
: 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

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First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nutritional yeast was in 1943

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“Nutritional yeast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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