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More on Yeast Extract

The ingredient yeast extract is obtained from natural yeast, its unique mix of protein components adds, brings out and balance taste in savoury food products. Yeast extract, is a natural ingredients composed of variety of amino acids, carbohydrates , vitamins & minerals. It therefore not only adds taste and brings out flavors in our foods and it also enriches them.

Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, foods and is a natural constituent of many fermented or aged foods, such as soy sauce, fermented bean paste, cheese, tomato, peas, corn , green teas and is also a component in yeast extract.

Vegetables highest in Glutamic Acid

Glutamic acid and its ions and salts, called glutamates. Glutamates are naturally in all protein rich foods and in our body, Yeast extract also contains an average of five per cent glutamate – in addition to lots of other amino acids and proteins from the yeast, which gives the ingredient its savoury flavour.

Yeast extract is often mistaken with monosodium glutamate(MSG, a sodium salt of glutamic acid )- a common flavor enhancer-despite the fact that these ingredients differ strongly, both in composition and function. MSG does not have a taste of its own and is only used to make existing flavors stronger.

      Summary of some commom foods that naturally contain Free Glutamates and Protein Glutamates(per 100g)


Free Glutamates(mg) Protein Glutamates(mg)
Seaweed 1378  
Green tea 668
Parmesane chees 1200 9847
Pea 200 5583
Tomato 140 238
Human Milk 22 239
Egg 23 1583
Chicken 44 3309
Cow Milk 2 819
Corn 130 1765
Salmon 20 2216