Is Soaking Nuts Necessary?
Nuts are great source of healthy fats, a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin B and E, minerals like magnesium, calcium, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. They are delicious and very good for you but most of us don’t know how to properly prepare nuts so we can digest them. It’s very important to soak your nuts before you eat them.
Nuts have phytic acid which is also found in grains and legumes. It’s essential to soak grains, legumes, and nuts for optimal digestion. When we eat nuts that haven’t been soaked, phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and cannot be absorbed in the intestines. This can lead to mineral deficiencies. By soaking nuts, you’re breaking down the phytic acid so it can be absorbed properly.
Nuts also have a lot of enzyme inhibitors. This is another reason that makes nuts that aren’t soaked hard to digest. Soaking nuts neutralizes the enzymes allowing for optimal digestion.
Signs That You Aren’t Digesting Nuts.
Have you ever experienced a heavy feeling in your lower stomach after eating to many nuts that weren’t soaked?
Have you noticed the next day that nuts are undigested in your stool?
These are two signs that the nuts weren’t properly digested. It’s very easy to soak and dry your nuts. It simply takes a few minutes of work to accomplish this task.
How To Soak Nuts.
The basic method of soaking nuts is pretty much the same with a few different variations. Soak your nuts in salt water (salt helps neutralize the enzymes) and then you dry them. Make sure to fully dry your nuts or they could become moldy. Do not dry your nuts any higher than 150 degrees fahrenheit. You can use a dehydrator or an oven. You will notice that soaked nuts taste much better. They are slightly crispy, have an amazing texture, and delicious taste.
You can also buy soaked nuts that have been dried at many health food stores. Simply look for nuts that are “sprouted”.
Almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, or hazelnuts.
• 4 cups of nuts
• 1 tablespoon sea salt
• filtered water (cover nuts with water)
Soak overnight for at least 7 hours.
Rinse well. Dehydrate forb12-24 hours or until crisp.