I received complimentary product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
In the past week I’ve had the opportunity to try out Sari Nutritional Yeast Superfood by Sari Foods. It’s supposedly a nutty, salty, cheese-flavored sprinkling of awesomeness that you can add to lots of different things. Well, there are very good things about this stuff, and very disappointing things as well. I’ll give you the lowdown – BS-free as always.
Nutritional Yeast makes a GREAT salt substitute. I am a caregiver for my mother, who is a dialysis patient and needs to keep her sodium intake low. Sodium is like a sponge – it absorbs water like crazy – and dialysis patients already have to monitor their water intake since they can’t get rid of it like those with functioning kidneys. The kidneys are also not able to get rid of excess sodium, so this can cause problems with blood pressure, and also result in edema, shortness of breath and even heart failure. (I’ve seen the first three in my mother, thank goodness her ticker is still good!)
With that said, Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast is EXTREMELY low in sodium. We’re talking 5mg per two tablespoons. Amazing!
But I was disappointed in one part of the packaging. The part that said “P.S. – Tastes like cheese!”
I immediately sprinkled some flakes in my hand, tasted them, and wondered when the last time anyone at Sari Foods had ever tasted cheese. “Maybe I need to add it to some food to release the cheesiness,” I thought. So I sprinkled some on a sweet potato.
It made it salty. But did it taste like cheese? No. Big disappointment. A vegan follower on Instagram told me that Nutritional Yeast is the closest to cheese a vegan could get. So, if you are looking for anything like cheese, I guess this will work. Just not for this cheese-eating, lactose-tolerant person. Sorry.
But don’t let my opinion on its lack of cheesiness take away from all the good things about this stuff. It’s not just low in sodium – it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein and fiber. It WILL enhance your food without adding a bunch of nasty sodium. It’s good on sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, and I also think it would be excellent on popcorn, unsalted pretzels or peanuts, and sprinkled on top of a salad. It can enhance your food’s flavor and its nutritional value, so I think this is a great product to keep in your pantry.
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