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Yeast Extract


Taste Profile

It imparts umami taste 

Usage Tips

  1. Yeast extracts are used as food additives or flavorings, or as nutrients for bacterial culture media.
  2. It is widely used in packaged foods like frozen meals, crackers, snack foods, gravy, stock.
  3. Yeast extract is used as a flavoring in foods. It is a common ingredient in American barbecue-flavored potato chips such as Lay's.
  4. Yeast extract is also found in canned soups and stews, frozen dinners, and salty snacks.

Common names and forms

  1. Yeast Extract (Contains Barley)
  2. Yeast Extract Powder
  3. Yeast nutrients


Yeast extracts are made of the cell contents of yeast without the cell walls. There are two kinds of yeast extract, autolyzed and hydrolyzed. In autolyzed yeast, the enzymes found in the yeast itself are used to break down the proteins. In hydrolyzed yeast, these enzymes are added to the yeast. Yeast extract can be found as a thick gel or in a moist powdered form. 

Is it healthy too?

Yeast extract is very high in B vitamins, so it's a cheap source of these vitamins. 


Health benefits

  • Yeast extract is good source of proteins that helps to build muscles and connective tissues.(1)
  • It contains vitamin B that are helpful in digestion, immunity and red blood cell production.(1)
  • It is a good source of minerals like chromium that helps to lower insulin levels and fight against diabetes.(1)
  • It is gluten-free.(1)

Selection Guide

Check the “best before” date on the package. Most of the time manufacturers clearly mention the use of yeast extract by listing it on food labels. Sometimes, “natural flavors” or “additives” also can mean yeast extract is used.  


Yeast extract is high in sodium. It must be avoided by those having high blood pressure or those who want to limit sodium intake.(2)

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