Nutritional yeast

What is it?

Nutritional yeast is vegetarian, vegan, sugar free, gluten free, and dairy free.

“Nutritional yeast is produced from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown, harvested, washed, and dried with heat to deactivate it. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins, and it is a complete protein.”

“Nutritional yeast is also an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, selenium, and other minerals as well as 18 amino acids, protein, folic acid, biotin, and other vitamins.”

“It is deactivated yeast – meaning it’s not going to grow and get frothy, or make bread rise – and it’s known for it’s cheesy, nutty, and sometimes creamy flavor. It’s free of sugar, dairy, and gluten…”

How is it used?

“Vegans and vegetarians use this in place of cheese in many recipes, as a topping for popcorn, and as a way to get additional vitamins in their diet.”

“For a great-tasting nutritious snack, sprinkle it liberally over hot popcorn.   Use it as a seasoning for salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice, sauces, gravies, soups, casseroles, sandwiches, and spreads.  Sprinkle it over spaghetti and other pasta, pizza, or other dishes as a healthful replacement for grated cheese.”

“And don’t worry about the yeast fermenting in your gut. It’s deactivated, so it will not give you the bloat.”

Recipes

Dairy-free Avocado Cashew Creamy Dip

Spicy and Cheesy Kale Chips

Celery Root “Cheese” Sauce

Tangy Marinade/Dressing

Cashew Cheese and Pomegranate Filled Acorn Squash

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

References

http://thepaleolist.com/2014/01/01/is-nutritional-yeast-paleo/

http://janeshealthykitchen.com/nutritional-yeast/#.U9e3pPldVr8

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/08/03/20-great-ways-to-use-nutritional-yeast/

http://www.bragg.com/products/yeastFAQ.html

What is melatonin, exactly?

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the body in response to darkness. A control center in the hypothalamus handles signaling related to processes that make us feel sleepy or awake, and when it’s dark (and only when it’s dark), the control center tells the pineal gland to produce melatonin. Natural melatonin production decreases with age, and people who have trouble sleeping are typically low in melatonin.

Should I take a melatonin supplement?

Study results are mixed regarding the effectiveness of melatonin as a sleep aid, and for its use in the treatment of all sorts of other physical and mental issues. It’s recommended that if you try it, you use it as a short-term supplement, for up to two months. The most common side effects are daytime sleepiness, dizziness, and headaches; there have been no reports of overdoses or toxicity.

Warnings: Melatonin could interfere with lots of different medications, so talk to your doctor if you’re medicating. It is the only hormone approved for sale in the US, and it is sold as a supplement, so it’s not regulated. Choose commercial supplements made in a lab, as those made from animal sources could contain contaminants.

References