What is Yeast Extract?
Yeast extract is a versatile food ingredient derived from the same fresh yeast used for bread baking and beer production. Yeast extract can improve, intensify and add depth of flavor to a range of foods. Depending on the particular yeast extract, flavors can include buttery, roasted, grilled, cheesy and fatty, all with the overall richness of umami. With no synthetic, artificial, or animal ingredients, yeast extract is especially well-suited for use in vegetarian and vegan products.
Yeast extract is a proven safe ingredient that replaces salt, improves flavor and strengthens the cooking and baking process of many food products. Yeast extract is a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) ingredient by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because yeast extract is all-natural, it adds savory flavor to a wide range of foods without the need to add chemically-derived flavor enhancers.
YEAST EXTRACT PROVIDES STAND-ALONE RICH AND DYNAMIC TASTES AND FLAVOR.
One of the components responsible for the round and rich taste of yeast extract is an amino acid known as glutamic acid, which is naturally present in fresh yeast as well as in yeast extract. Yeast extract can replace salt, improve flavor and strengthen the cooking and baking process of many foods and beverages.
THE BENEFITS OF YEAST EXTRACT
Yeast extract provides rich, dynamic and full flavor to a wide variety of foods, from sauces and soups to savory snacks.
2. SODIUM REDUCTION
Yeast extract serves as an ideal replacement for salt, as it is a natural source of full and complex savory taste thanks to a rich mix of protein compounds. Some yeast extracts can reduce sodium in food formulations by up to 50 percent.
3. A NATURAL & VEGAN INGREDIENT
Yeast extract is derived from three different types of natural, active yeasts – Baker’s, Torula and Brewer’s – the same yeast used in the production of bread, beer and wine.
3. RICH IN VITAMIN B
Yeast extract is a rich source of Vitamin B, which helps to improve the nutritional profile of foods, making it a healthy option for vegetarian and vegan products.
4. ULTIMATELY VERSATILE
There are many benefits to formulating with yeast extracts, as they naturally add to the taste and sensory properties of foods and beverages, both savory and sweet. Using yeast extract allows for the reduction of sodium, added sugars and fat, all without comprising flavor.
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