Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors just like seeds, grains and legumes do, that protect the nuts from sprouting until conditions are right. These enzyme inhibitors, while protecting the nut, are causing us more harm than good.
Eating unsoaked nuts like the ones we buy at the grocery store that say: Raw or Roasted and Salted, among other flavourings that are added, can cause irritation in the mouth, throat and digestive tract or a heavy feeling in the stomach as they strain the digestive tract.
The enzyme inhibitors in the nuts keep the vitamins, minerals and fats all locked up, therefore we aren’t actually gaining the health benefits we think we are when we eat them.
Soaking the nuts in warm, salty water is like the key that unlocks the nutrients, making them available to us. Soaking activates an enzyme in the nuts that in turn neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors that cause us problems.
5 Benefits To Soaking Your Nuts
1. A High Nutrient Profile
Soaked nuts are a rich source of minerals such as; Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium and Iron. As well as being high in B vitamins and carotenoids, and a small amount of Vitamin C.
2. A Healthy Dose of Fat
Soaked nuts are a good source of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid – Alpha Linolenic Acid ALA and Monounsaturated Fats – Oleic Acid.
3. High Satiety Factor
A little goes a long way with nuts.
They provide us with nutrients, protein and healthy fats, and we don’t have to eat very many to meet our body’s needs of these factors. 5 servings of nuts and seeds per week helps us to maintain health. To break that down, about 1 – 1 ½ oz of nuts/seeds per day.
4. Easier Digestion
Soaked nuts are much easier on our digestive system.
By soaking we are making the nutrients in the nuts readily available. Our ancestors did just that, they would soak seeds and sun dry them before eating, or grind nuts and soak them before using them in nut milks or cooking.
5. Handy and Portable Nutrition
Once soaked your nuts are a convenient, highly satisfying, nutritious snack that you can carry in your purse, back pack or brief case.
Easy Ways to Add Nuts to Your Diet
Chop or crush and add them to your breakfast cereal.
Add them to your morning smoothie – think of natural Peanut or Almond butter.
Sprinkle them on your salads instead of croutons – yummy Walnuts or slivered Almonds are great for this.
Add them to your stir-fry, seafood dishes or fruit.
Create your own trail mix with a mix of Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans or Cashews, add in some raisins or currants or other dried fruit of choice, come sunflower or pumpkin seeds and you’re all set.
Grab a small handful and munch!
How To Soak Your Nuts
- For every 4 cups of nuts: In a large glass/ceramic bowl add about 1 tbsp of sea salt to 2 cups of warm water and dissolve.
- Place nuts the bowl, adding more warm water as needed to ensure nuts are covered.
- Leave on counter for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain, spread out on baking sheet, dehydrate in warm oven or dehydrator.
- Set oven temperature no higher than 150 degrees F, dehydrate nuts 12-24 hours or until dry and crispy.
- If using a dehydrator, follow manufacturers directions.
Walnuts Soaking In Water And Sea Salt
Walnuts On A Baking Sheet Fresh From The Oven
Walnuts Ready To Eat