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I just read that nutritional yeast is basically MSG. I simply don't understand.

Anyone have actual studies or research on this, that isn't paid for by the dairy or meat industry wink1.gif

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The only place Ive ever read that is Natural News, which I dont consider a legitimate source. Where did you learn about this?

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yes, it has lots of free glutamates. that's why instead of listing "MSG", products will often list "yeast extract" or other "extracts." if you're concerned about excitotoxins and that whole theory, i would think that would also apply to nooch, although you may not react to it the same way as straight up MSG powder. 

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I read a great article one night about this, but I kept falling asleep. It said it depends on what the yeast is grown on. I figured I'd google the article again, but when I tried, I couldn't find it. I'd love this info as well. (I'm wanting to make nut cheeses and they all call for nutritional yeast.)

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Oh no! I hope this isn't true.  I love nutritional yeast.  And my daugher likes it too, altough we don't use it very often, It'd be nice to still be able to use it... :(

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I worried about this for a while, and looked into it quite a bit. After hemming and hawing, here's what I decided: people who react to MSG, they *react* to it. If you have no reaction from nooch, it's probably nothing to worry about.


I eat less nooch than I used to, but I (and my son) still eat nooch.  =)

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Thank you Sayward! I have been wanting to research this but haven't had the time. My husband would probably cry if I stopped using nooch!!

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Yeah, it's basically the same, chemically, and neither of them are bad for you. Studies have shown that true reactivity to MSG is extremely, extremely rare-- almost nonexistent. 

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