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Natural and delicious – the origin of yeast extract 

30 October 2018

Yeast extract has been used as an ingredient in food for over 50 years. This natural ingredient is derived from fresh yeast. Yeast has been used as far back as ancient Egypt, and today, it is still the basic ingredient in the production of many food products and drinks such as bread, beer and wine.

It is also the basic ingredient in yeast extract. Here the proteins in the yeast are separated into the elements that lend it its taste by natural or added enzymes. While yeast and yeast extract may look different, they are very similar in their composition. This means that yeast extract benefits from the high vitamin and protein content of the natural product from which it is derived, and products that contain yeast extract are enriched by this natural mixture of nutritious ingredients. Cooks and food manufacturers alike value yeast extract as a natural ingredient with special taste properties that is produced completely without the use of chemical additives.

From a nutritional perspective, yeast extract is made up of different amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Different varieties of this natural ingredient, with different tastes, colours and aromas, can be produced by altering the cooking temperature and process time. The wide range of yeast extract products make it perfect for different recipes. Thus, yeast extract enriches foodstuffs, and improves the taste of many dishes.