Health benefits of yeast extract

Supports a plant-based diet

As an ingredient, yeast extract is extremely versatile. You can use it to season sauces, bouillons, soups, savoury snacks and much more. It not only complements the savoury taste of meat and fish dishes, but it is also perfect for preparing vegetarian and vegan dishes as it is free from animal ingredients but still provides a meaty taste. This makes it an ideal ingredient for people who are wishing to reduce their meat consumption but still crave rich, meaty flavours.

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Reduces your salt intake

Since a high salt intake is associated with health risks, many nutritional experts advise consumers to use salt sparingly. If you are looking for low salt cooking, yeast extract presents a great solution: thanks to its aromatic and characteristic taste it brings a delicious, savoury note to foods, even those with a low salt content. It has an effect similar to that of a spice and thus helps to lower the salt content without loss of taste. Nutritional experts advise a similar approach when they recommend using aromatic herbs in order to get along with less salt in the kitchen.

Promotes a protein-rich diet

Due to its savoury taste, yeast extract is only used in small quantities in cooking and its amount of protein is not enough to meet daily protein requirements. Nevertheless, yeast extract contains around 65% of protein. Its origin, natural yeast, is composed of a rich mix of proteins and amino acids that are also found in yeast extract.
It is this protein and amino acids mix which provides yeast extract with its special savoury taste and turns it into an attractive ingredient for a multitude of food products. Some of these components result in a savoury taste, while others help by rounding off the natural taste of the remaining ingredients.
The protein quality of yeast extract is comparable to the reference proteins according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in eggs or in milk. This means that yeast extract contains all the essential amino acids which are necessary for human nutrition in a very absorbable form.

Supports a low-fat diet

Due to its rich, umami flavour, yeast extract contributes to a fuller, stronger taste in many food products, creating a sensation of smoothness for consumers. This allows for a reduction in fats in the food manufacturing process.

Low allergen risk

Compared to other plant proteins, such as soy gluten or lupine, yeast extract is also safe in terms of allergenicity. All tests for allergenic effects by third-party nutritionists have confirmed that yeast extract is not an allergen. Yeast extract is not only a natural but also a safe ingredient. It is a non-genetically modified food product with a long history of safe use.

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