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sallam's picture
sallam

keto yeast

Hello

I've stopped using my loyal sourdough starter because I'm now on a low carb / keto diet, because I'm diabetic.

Yeast is benficial for diabetes because it has organic chromium, which is far better than chromium tablets.

So I wonder if one can build wild yeast without flour?

Can we multiply Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast from IDY yeast?

David R's picture
David R

This sounds tricky to figure out; do you have a credible source for the idea that "diabetics who currently make sourdough bread should quit eating sourdough bread, and they should eat flour-free commercial yeast instead"?

(Not a source for "yeast is a better source of chromium than tablets are" - that one doesn't raise the same alarm with me.)

sallam's picture
sallam

If you need to know more on how low carb diet is ideal for diabetics, you can watch Dr. Richard K. Bernstein's videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJ11OJynsvHMsN48LG18Ag

David R's picture
David R

It's clear to me that diabetics need low carbs. My question was very specific and directed, requiring a complete and specific answer - it wasn't a general carbs question.

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clazar123

If you want S.Cerevisiae for nutritional value that includes chromium, brewers yeast may be what you want. Brewers yeast is a  killed yeast that has all the nutritional value of baking yeast, chromium included.It is a by-product of beermaking.It can be used as an additive in food,smoothies,soups,etc. I'm not sure how it tastes. Most of the yeast products have a very distinctive cheesy? umami-type flavor.

Nutritional yeast, OTOH, is a yeast product that is low in chromium but high in the B vits.

I don't believe Vegemite or Marmite are high in chromium. They are high in B vits and salt!

All these yeast products should be low carb.

Does your doc want you to be actually in keto state or just a low carb state? There is a significant difference.

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sallam

Just low carb state. Currently I consume 5g of IDY per day. I was just thinking if IDY could be multiplied at home somehow, like we do with sourdough, but without the use of flour.

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clazar123

Brocolli 1 cup cooked contains 22 mcg or 63% of the daily need(35 mcg daily for men). HERE is a good reference but make sure you read the * note.

 

Yeast eats carbs in order to multiply so unfortunately there are no low carb yeast fermented foods. However, fermented vegetables are particularly healthy for you. How about some homemade fermented cabbage,carrots, pickles,onions,etc,etc. You can buy them or easily make them. Check out "Cultures for Health" https://www.culturesforhealth.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgeK71fnQ4QIVBJ-fCh3MZAKvEAAYASAAEgJ7r_D_BwE

 

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sallam

Many thanks for the great info.

I do ferment cabbage. You're right fermented food is very beneficial for all, and diabetics in particular. But I couldn't find any info regarding its chromium content, if there is at all.

It Seems that my best option so far is to continue buying commercial IDY, unless I find out a way to make it at home,even if I have to use flour. its only 5g a day anyhow, and even IDY has carbs. 5g = 2g carbs. But then again, I wouldn't be sure if I grow it at home whether it then has chromium like the commercial non-flour IDY

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doughooker

The USDA patent I have been posting about uses baker's yeast and it is a delicious sourdough.

You might be able to knock off a few g of carbs by using whole-wheat flour. I've never tried this and don't know how it will taste.