Nuts and seeds are very tasty and healthy, especially when consumed raw which will provide your body with vital nutrients, fibre, and healthy fats.
All these benefits you will not acquire if you consume roasted nuts as roasting might cause some side-effects and make them bad. Plus, most of the manufacturing companies use cheap oils.
Therefore, we advise you to start consuming raw, dried nuts, or roast them on your own, at home.
Did you know that in order to get all the benefits of the seeds and nuts they need to be first activated by soaking them for several hours or leaving them overnight.
Nuts and seeds are rich in phytic acid which binds with minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and manganese in the digestive tract, and thus making them unavailable for the body. In addition to this, the regular intake of foods rich in phytic acid increases the risk of developing mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis.
Therefore, you need to learn how to activate nuts and seeds, especially if you consume them regularly.
The human body does not have phytase, which is an enzyme that breaks up phytic acid, only some animals have it. But, there are ways how we can break the phytic acid and thus use all the nutrients and minerals from nuts and seeds. That can be achieved by soaking, sprouting, and/or fermenting.
Nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors which protects them from premature sprouting. The presence of inhibitors clogs up and deactivates the enzyme’s active site, thereby making unsprouted nuts difficult for digestion.
On the other hand, the activation process of nuts lowers the levels of phytic acid which switches off their enzyme inhibitors. By soaking them, we are sending a signal to the dried nuts that it is germination time, and thus they are switching off these elements and start sprouting.
If you eat plenty of nuts, you can activate them daily or in big batches in order to save time.
How to activate seeds and nuts?
Note that chia and hemp seeds do not need the activation process. For the rest of the seeds and nuts take a large bowl, and place in it 2 cups of the seeds and nuts you want to activate. Next, pour filtrated water enough to completely cover them so that they are fully submerged, leaving 2 inches of water on the top. In the end, add 2 teaspoons of sea salt, and let them stay like that for 7 to 12 hours.
The soaking time depends on the brand of nuts. For instance, almonds need 12 to 14 hours soaking time, and cashews only 3 to 5.
After the needed soaking time has passed, strain off the water and nicely wash them. Place them on dehydration racks or on cookie sheets, and then put them in the oven to dry out at 150 degrees F or 65 degrees C.
Have in mind that they need to be fully dry because if not, they can easily spoil. Once they are nicely dried, put them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool place like the refrigerator. In this way, you are gaining all the amazing benefits of the nuts and seeds.