With its abundance of minerals, fiber and protein, nutritional yeast is a superfood that makes a valuable addition to your healthy eating arsenal. It might sound weird, and perhaps unappetizing, but it’s got a long history of safe use and doesn’t taste bad at all.
Nutritional yeast was cleverly used to help treat the severe nutritional deficiencies in prisoners of war in internment camps during the second World War.
“In 1942, there were on average 2,650 internees at the Stanley Internment Camp, Hong Kong. During June alone, 215 cases of Beriberi (a disease resulting from a lack of Vitamin B1) were reported, and almost a third of internees showed some form of deficiency manifestation. British ‘Camp Nutrition Officer’ Dr Dean Smith and his semi-formalised set of helpers were not going to allow this to continue, and two men were given the title ‘Yeast maker’.