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alexalgebra;32525 wrote: I thought that nutritional yeast was a cousin to MSG and should be avoided. It makes me break out in a rash exactly the same way that MSG does 🙁

From Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions :

Yeast, Nutritional: Dried nutritional yeast is an excellent natural source of B complex vitamins (except for B12)plus a variety of minerals, particularly chromium, so important for the diabetic. Yeast does not contribute to candida as has been claimed=candida feeds on refined carbohydrates, not yeast. The late eminent physician Dr. Henry Bieler treated many cases of chronic fatigue with nutritional yeast supplements. Unfortunately, most commercial brands of nutritional yeast contain high levels of MSG-formed during high-temperature and chemical processing from the glutamic acid naturally present in the yeast. (Actually, high levels of natural glutamic acid in yeast make it an excellent superfood for alcoholism and sugar cravings.) Look for yeast that has been processed at low temperatures. It should be a light yellow color and dissolve easily.

So…just be careful what you are buying. Products are certainly not created equally!