In this article, taking advantage of the international day of beer, we will tell you about brewer’s yeast, and its benefits if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. We have already talked about that during pregnancy and lactation the mother’s diet should be abundant in fruits and vegetables, with a sufficient amount of carbohydrates and legumes. In addition to animal proteins, milk and derivatives.
To this diet it is more than recommended that you include brewer’s yeast, we tell you why, how many times a day, and the formats in which you can find it. and eye, because alcohol consumption is still not recommended during pregnancy and lactation!
Very beneficial properties of brewer’s yeast
During the period of pregnancy brewer’s yeast is recommended to improve depression and anxiety states, lowers cholesterol and, favors intestinal traffic. It improves the condition of skin, hair and nails, and provides plenty of essential nutrients for the baby, such as proteins and minerals, such as selenium and chromium. On the other hand, among the properties of brewer’s yeast is that of regenerating tissues, something wonderful for a quick recovery after childbirth.
For more information, we tell you that yeast is rich in B vitamins, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid and biotin, except B12. It is useful for the control of blood sugar in women suffering from diabetes, in addition it works as a galactogogo, that is, increases milk production in the mother.
However, we also need to warn you that there are moms who experience any allergies. Symptoms are often shortness of breath, tightness and chest pain, or hives, rashes, and inflammations that affect skin. If you have colitis, irritable bowel or Crohn’s disease, brewer’s yeast can exacerbate your symptoms. It is also discouraged, if you have a tendency to have calcium or uric acid kidney stones.
When and how to take brewer’s yeast
The first thing that is recommended is that brewer’s yeast be taken at a time with meals, we are talking about three times a day, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your body will better absorb this substance in the company of other foods, you have chosen the format that is to take it.
The format can be in capsules, powders, or in flakesand you can buy them in herbalists, parapharmacies and nutrition stores. You’ll see there’s a lot of brands. Some of these brands in addition to brewer’s yeast include other dietary supplements. Everyone should choose the system that is most comfortable for you, but whatever it is remember to take it next to other foods.
A tablespoon of brewer’s yeast gives you about 10 grams of protein. A pregnant woman needs about 80 grams a day, so with two tablespoons you have covered 25% of the ones you recommend.
Brewer’s yeast in flakes or cooking powders
We have already said that brewer’s yeast is a very interesting ingredient to add to dishes. Vegetarian and vegan moms have a lot of recipes with it, you can cook vegetables, legumes and cereals. The peculiarity that it has in the kitchen is that it greatly enhances the flavors of the food it accompanies.
To give you an idea of how it tastes, it has a strong, concentrated aroma, which some associate with shades of cheese or nuts, you even have to define it as umami flavor. If you have it in powder you can add it, after you have cooked to soups, creams from cold or hot vegetables, yogurt with cereals, pasta sauces, vegetable fillings, gratin or even battered.
One of the few side effects that brewer’s yeast has are gases, which can also be caused by breastfeeding in your baby. It is also possible that your milk and the baby himself smells, a little yeast.