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Yeast

Whilst it is possible for the body to develop a sensitivity or intolerance to any food or drink item there are certainly those, which are very common.

Yeast is a fungus, which feeds on sugars. It is used in the baking of products like bread. It may also be found in pastries, biscuits, crackers, cereals, stock cubes and alcohol, such as beer and cider.

When yeast is combined with flour and water, sugars are released. The yeast feeds on this sugar and produces carbon dioxide. It is the carbon dioxide, which makes bread and cakes rise. It is possible to substitute baking soda and an acid in order to produce carbon dioxide and create this rise effect, though your baking may not rise quite as much or you may notice a difference in flavor or texture. You can use lemon juice, buttermilk or a mixture of milk and vinegar as your acid component.

Add equal parts baking soda and lemon juice to equal the amount of yeast required in the recipe. For example use 1 tsp. of baking soda and 1 tsp. of lemon juice if 1 tbsp. of yeast is required. The same applies if using buttermilk or a 50-50 mixture of milk and vinegar. Once all the ingredients are added make sure the mixture goes straight into the oven, no rest time is required.

Nutrition

Yeast contributes B vitamins, phosphorus and iron to recipes, which it is added into.

Replacing key nutrients when eliminating yeast

When eliminating items from the diet whether for the short term when implementing an elimination diet or for the long term, it is important to know alternative items that can be introduced into the diet to maintain nutrient balance. Yeast is in very small quantity within products therefore replacing nutrients is not of such great focus in this case. Below are the richest sources of each nutrient.

B Vitamins

Oats, buckwheat, brown rice, rye, whole wheat, peanuts, mushrooms, soybean flour and soybeans, split peas, pecans, sunflower seeds, lentils, cashews, chickpeas, broccoli, hazelnuts, peppers

Iron

Oats, whole wheat, rye, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chicken liver, oysters, mussels, clams, cashews, pine nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, beef, lamb, lentils, white beans, soybeans, kidney beans, chickpeas, lima beans, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, dark chocolate

Phosphorus

Oats, brown rice, rye, whole wheat, quinoa, chicken, turkey, pork, liver, sardines, scallops, salmon, mackerel, crab, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews

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