Saturday, March 17, 2012

Torula Yeast

Torula yeast, or Candida utilis, is an increasingly common flavoring additive in processed specialty foods such as chips, seasoning blends, and crackers. Because it is rich in glutamic acid, it lends a smoky, savory taste-profile to foods. As a result, Torula yeast has become a popular replacement for the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) among manufacturers marketing "all-natural" products. 


It is produced from wood sugars, as a byproduct of paper production. It is pasteurized and spray-dried to produce a fine, light grayish-brown powder with a slightly yeasty odor and gentle, slightly meaty taste.



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