Nuts and seeds are recommended by nutritionists as nutrient dense food rich in vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, omega-3, fibers and much more…
However, nuts and seeds can be quite problematic and troublesome to digest when not cared for and prepared properly.
The process of just soaking nuts and seeds before eating them makes them more beneficial.
Of course we are talking here of nuts and seeds not salted nor roasted.
Nature is made so that nuts, grains, and seeds may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature defense mechanism includes enzyme inhibitors and toxic substances like phytic acid that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, grain or seed germinates. When we soak our nuts, grains, and seeds we are reproducing nature process.
What are enzyme inhibitors?
There are different kinds of enzymes. The digestive enzymes help our body break down the food we eat in order for us to assimilate it.
Enzymes inhibitors will clog, warp or denature the absorption of some nutriments.
What are phytates?
All grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption. By soaking seeds and nuts we are activating the phytase enzyme that will neutralize the phytic acid.
How to soak nuts and seeds?
The process of soaking nuts and seeds is easy. Just cover the nuts and seeds with filtered water. It is best to use a glass container.
Allow to stand according to recommended times.
Throw out soaking water and rinse thoroughly (you can use tap water).
How to use them?
for more info in french: http://www.crusinesante.com/information/information-nutritionnelle/nutrition-vivante/benefices-de-tremper-noix-graines
informations on dehydrators in french: https://www.deshydrateur.com