Yeast Protein as a Quickly Consumable FoodAuthor(s): Nikolas Brown
Consumer awareness of and willingness to consume nutritious food has increased dramatically in recent years. To address these demands, scientists are searching for novel food production methods that provide a source of easily digestible protein with a well-balanced amino acid composition. Yeast protein biomass (single cell protein, SCP) is a bioavailable product generated by employing diverse waste substrates as a culture medium, including agricultural and industrial wastes. With the world's population growing, yeast protein appears to be a viable alternative to traditional protein sources like vegetables and animals. Furthermore, yeast protein biomass contains trace minerals and vitamins, particularly vitamins from the B group. As a result, utilising yeast in protein production delivers both important nutrients and improves waste purification. Finally, nutritious yeast protein biomass may be the most environmentally friendly solution for human and animal feeding. The fast growing SCP production technologies, as well as biotechnology discoveries, have the potential to make a significant difference in the future in terms of addressing hunger issues and enhancing global food security. With the growing demand for low-cost, environmentally friendly SCP protein that can be produced at virtually any scale, it may soon become one of our food's constituents.