Nutritional B12 Tasty Yeast – Nooch for your Pooch!
Dried inactive yeast is an essential component of a human vegan diet. It is called ‘nooch’ and it is extremely rich in B vitamins, folic acid, zinc and B12 and it is very tasty – dogs that normally love to eat cheese will love nooch as it has a cheesy flavour.
How is dried yeast made?
Yeast flakes are a natural food grown on molasses under carefully controlled conditions. The yeast we use is a primary inactive yeast of the genus Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and it is entirely free from Candida albicans yeast (the nasty yeast that causes skin concerns and a sweet discernible smell in dogs with a low immunity and itchy coats). There is also the lower quality brewer’s yeast that is a by-product of the brewing industry (hence its name). We have rather chosen the highly palatable human-grade nutritional yeast in our recipe.
Ruff gets very excited when he smells me adding the dried yeast flakes to his homemade food before I cook it, so it obviously contains so many essential ingredients which makes it very appetising to our dogs.
What function does Vit B12 have in the body?
An average 15kg dog needs 9μg of Vit B12 in their diet daily for adequate enzyme function. A lack of Vit B12 results in appetite loss, lack of white blood cells (for a strong immunity) and anaemia with bone marrow changes.
Vegan humans almost certainly always lack Vit B12 in their diets (as I found to my detriment) as I was getting very tired when I cut out all meat and dairy from my diet and I am not a fan of morning fortified cereals. I now know to take a daily supplement as unlike Ruff’s healthy diet, I find I do not add nooch to my food daily.
Theoretically, enough Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) can be generated from gut bacteria in both us and in our dogs, but as vegans we are often deficient in it so it is better to keep eating the nooch!