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Brewer's Yeast vs. Nutritional Yeast

naturalmama4's Avatar naturalmama4 (TS)
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Brewer's yeast or nutritional yeast: which is better nutritionally? I know a version of this question has been asked before, and I've read over some of the posts. With what I've read while searching online and here I still don't have a clear answer, though. 


I've read that nutritional yeast has more b vitamins, but then somewhere else I read that they are synthetic or added in. I read one place NY has more chromium then BY has more somewhere else. Almost everything I read conflicts with something else. 


I have low blood sugar and a fast metabolism (self diagnosed though) and add nutritional yeast in my breads, snacks, yogurt, etc. and I notice a difference in how long food stays with me. It seems that I can go longer without being hungry or feeling weak. Recently though a friend asked about the difference between the two for helping milk supply and after trying to study more about them, I'm wondering if brewer's yeast would be more beneficial. 


Does anyone have information with sources about nutritional yeast and brewer's yeast they'd like to share? 



SundayCrepes's Avatar SundayCrepes
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I've read most nutritional yeast is a glutamate so is essentially MSG. I believe I've read brewer's yeast is good for a milk supply.


Here is a recipe for lactation cookies:


This is what I used (in addition to domperidone) when I was adoptive nursing:

mightymama1976's Avatar mightymama1976
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free glutamate is an issue with every processed yeast and might be a problem for people who are sensitive to MSG. if you decide to have yeast as a supplement, at least try to find a brand that processes it in low temperatures. Also if you are on gluten free diet, it is important to know that usually it contains gluten.

naturalmama4's Avatar naturalmama4 (TS)
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Thanks for that info on nutritional yeast being a glutamate SundayCrepes, I'll have to look into it more. :)


MightyMama, I was aware that nutritional yeast contains gluten, but I'm not concerned about that right now. I have thought about going gluten free to see how my body reacts but right now there is too much going on in my life to add that. Thanks for sharing though. :)

naturalmama4's Avatar naturalmama4 (TS)
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I just googled nutritional yeast and msg and found more conflicting info :(  

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