Yeast-Derived Products

  • Gerald Reed
  • Tilak W. Nagodawithana


Although yeast is perhaps considered the oldest microbial associate of humankind, the role it played in shaping the lives of past civilizations was not recognized until the discovery of the microscope by van Leeuwenhoek two centuries ago. Many authorities now believe that complicated beverages like beer originated in Egypt around 6000 B.C. (Corran 1975). By 3000 B.C., bread making and brewing of beer were closely allied arts. Likewise, Assyrian and Egyptian historical documents dating as far back as 3500 B.C. mention grapes and wine. Although these civilizations were unaware of the chemical changes induced by yeast, they had sufficient empirical knowledge to modify their food products to make them more palatable, nutritious, and in some instances, intoxicating. The knowledge they acquired through trial and error was also transmitted through the ages to succeeding generations.


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  • Gerald Reed
    • 1
  • Tilak W. Nagodawithana
    • 1
  1. 1.Universal Foods CorporationMilwaukeeUSA

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