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What is Nutritional Yeast? 

Nutritional yeast has a flavor that has been described as cheesy, nutty and savory. Just a tablespoon or two can add richness to soups and casseroles and larger amounts can make “cheese” sauces taste cheesy. It comes in flakes or power, both which blend nicely into hot foods.

“Nutritional yeast is a food additive made from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to kill or “deactivate” it. Because it’s inactive, it doesn’t froth or grow like baking yeast does so it has no leavening ability. Don’t worry; no animals are harmed in this process because yeasts are members of the fungi family, like mushrooms, not animals.” (Source: Fat Free Vegan Kitchen)

AIP Compliant or Not?

Here’s an often hotly debated topic – Are Yeast & Nutritional Yeast actually AIP compliant?

One of the first AIP food lists published by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne included these items in the YES category, but as with everything, further scientific research started raising red-flags and claimed these ingredients to be gluten cross-reactors .. oh my! So, should we use them or not?

In her most recent book, The Autoimmune Protocol, Dr. Ballantyne lists baker’s yeast and nutritional yeast as potentially gluten cross-reactive foods – but specifies this is due to gluten cross-contamination in production facilities and not the product itself.

Dr. Ballantyne states :

“...brewer’s/baker’s/nutritional yeast have been identified as gluten cross-reactors in one study but it is postulated that this is attributable to common gluten contamination of these foods rather than inherent cross-reactive proteins. Look for options that specify gluten-free.

Bottom Line? You need to make sure the product you choose is gluten free and NON-fortified. Why is this important? Because it is typically fortified with synthetic B Vitamins and synthetic folate/folic acid … and when fortified it is often grown on corn or corn syrup – a no-no for the AIP!

Notes from a trusted brand – Sari Foods :

“Why choose natural, non-fortified nutritional yeast? Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional count. At Sari Foods Company, we believe that synthetic, man-made vitamins are not only unnecessary , but that they can be harmful and toxic to our bodies, causing nutrients imbalances and forcing our kidneys and liver to work overtime while our bodies struggle to absorb them.”

My Best Advice:

It’s important to note that as with everything, AIP compliant or not, not every food or ingredient agrees with everyone or each medical condition, so use common sense and avoid using nutritional yeast if you’re dealing with conditions like Candida (yeast overgrowth), mold exposure, or feel unwell when incorporating it in your diet (it’s not uncommon for people not to feel well with this less common ingredient but it’s certainly worth a try if you’re missing the flavor of cheese – but – listen to your body! If you don’t feel well after using it, discontinue use).

You can find AIP compliant Sari Foods nutritional yeast in our affiliate shop, Shop AIP – Click Here, and you can find additional brands on Amazon (click here) – always be sure to check ingredient labels to be sure.

Looking for Recipes?

If you’re looking for recipes that incorporate the cheesy flavor of nutritional yeast (including AIP cheese sauce, queso, AIP mac n cheese and more) be sure to visit our Facebook Group and try the group search, lots will come up!

Ever feel like efforts to manage your illness are a bit like putting a band-aid on a battleship? That you’re just masking the symptoms and not getting to the bottom of things? I think we’ve all been there at one point or another, and that’s why I want to share this with you today.

While it’s amazing to receive an actual diagnosis and know what you’re dealing with – that’s just the beginning! Finding the root cause of your disease(s) is imperative if you’re ever truly going to achieve healing.

After watching the docuseries “Betrayal – The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You”, Dr. Tom O’Bryan generously shared the resource below for FREE!

While it takes some time to complete it’s well worth! It’ll help you to understand where your health issues started, and in turn you’ll help your health-care team to start finding solutions faster!

The beauty of the online form is that it plots everything for you. It has sets of questions about various life events, health issues, family history and more. PLUS you are able to add your own life events that you feel may have bearing like stressful events, antibiotic use, food poisoning episodes or major flu that may have emptied your gut of all the good bacteria.

Highly recommend this! Read snippets below from the website:


MyTimelineTM is a powerful tool that enables you to easily document the unfolding phenomena that lead to ill health – a process that often occurs over many years, perhaps even a lifetime. It gives you and your practitioner the “Big Picture” so you can take the necessary steps to build back your health. We give you ongoing access so you can use MyTimelineTM to document your progress and your recovery.

What is the importance of MyTimelineTM?

Illness and disease do not appear overnight. They develop over time. Yet our healthcare system is not set up to accommodate this obvious fact. We pool together a pattern of symptoms, put a name on it, and call it a disease. Then, a one-size fits-all protocol is applied. When you come in with breathing problems and get a diagnosis of asthma, you get a prescription for an inhaler to help you breathe better. But what about the answers to questions “Why did I develop asthma?” or “What do I do to reduce my need for the medication?” It is the equivalent of focusing on and treating the exhaust pipe when your car begins spewing black smoke. Of course we want to feel better and need our symptoms addressed. But the bigger picture – the accumulation of all the small events that have occurred – facilitates the understanding of where the disease has come from.

Documenting the actions, events, and environmental influences that have occurred in your life allows for the construction of meaning and a “Big Picture” view of how your body got to where it is today. This opens up a conversation between you and your practitioner. MyTimelineTM helps you and your practitioner work together, evaluate holistically, look for patterns, and find correlations/triggers/mediators. Each of us has a unique history that accumulates over time and holds the clues that can contribute significantly to creating a personalized plan to get you back to the health you want.

How do I get started?

To get started, LivingMatrix has provided you with the ability to answer a few questions and create MyTimelineTM. The questions are specific and designed to help you think about your symptoms and issues and – just as importantly – when they may have occurred. We will also ask you about key events in your life so that you can begin to see the patterns.

Once you have answered the questions, you will be able to view your interactive timeline and get the “Big Picture” of the relationships between life events, symptoms, and diagnoses. You will also have continued access to your timeline through this site to return and document your recovery as symptoms improve and you feel better.

Click here to go to the access page.

What’s Next?

If you’re not finding your traditional doc to be of much help on your journey of discovery and healing, I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. Traditional medicine is really “sick care,” not “health care” and their training involves very little actual instruction about the holistic care of the human body – they assess, diagnose and prescribe – yes, the old band-aid on a battleship approach, sadly.

So what’s next then? Well, if you watch the docuseries/talks above that I mention, you’ll no doubt be interested to learn more about Functional Medicine and their approach to treatment.  One phrase that sticks with me that I read about Functional Medicine is this, “Find the cause, fix the cause, feel normal again.”

So what is Functional Medicine anyway? It’s a combination of holistic care and conventional medicine – to me a perfect collaboration! My Functional Medicine Doctor includes conventional medical testing with her practice but takes the time to search for the root of the problem so we can fix that – not just put a band-aid on the symptoms.

The Institute for For Functional Medicine
 describes it this way:

ifmlogoFunctional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
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So – if you or a loved one is dealing with a chronic illness and you’re struggling to find answers, I’d highly recommend seeking out a Functional Medicine Practitioner.

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