View Full Version : Nutritional Yeast--Raw or Not?
01-25-2007, 08:07 PM
I've seen a couple varying opinions on the subject, but is Nutritional Yeast raw? Alissa's book has a couple of recipes using it (like eggplant roulade), but her book also states that all recipes are raw. Anyone? Bueller? :)
01-25-2007, 08:14 PM
The recipes are raw - but sometimes raw recipe books will use a little bit of a non-raw or "questionable" ingredient. I also think that many people think of nutritional yeast as a living food (though not raw) but I've seen arguements for and against that as well. Spices, agave, jarred almond butter, etc. etc...all have been said by one person to be acceptable in the raw diet and unacceptable by others.
You have to, at that point, use your own discretion as to whether or not you want to use it. I don't consider myself a "purist" as I will eat the questionably "raw" cashews, use Nama Shoyu which is also said to not be totally raw though it is a live food (from fermentation), etc.
So, I don't have a problem using a small amount of nutritional yeast, though not raw, in recipes. You have to make that decision for yourself as well...does it give you the same reactions as straight-out cooked foods? For me personally, it does not. Some raw recipe books (not Alissa's though) will even use maple syrup...but you can always sub with agave or date paste.
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