Why It's Important To Soak Nuts
Soaking nuts for eight hours before you eat them, rinsing them, and then dehydrating them may seem like a pain in the a**, and yes, I agree, it is, BUT there are many benefits to soaking nuts. Let me preface by saying that I DO still eat nuts that have NOT been soaked, but if I can soak them, I will.
Nuts are nutritional powerhouses. They are filled with brain fueling fats, healthy fiber and are a great plant-based source of protein. However, in order for our bodies to be able to fully absorb all of the nutrients that they contain, they do need to be soaked.
Raw nuts (and especially raw seeds), contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Phytic acid is biologically necessary for the plant, as it helps safeguard the nut or seed until proper growing conditions are present and germination can occur. These enzyme inhibitors prevent the seed from sprouting prematurely, but can cause potential problems in humans by binding to nutrients in the body and contributing to nutrient deficiencies and digestive system irritation.
Top reasons why soaking nuts are beneficial to our health:
Helps to break down much of the phytic acid (toxins), making the nutrients in nuts more readily available to the body.
It increases the potency of the nutrients in the nuts.
It makes the nuts much easier to digest, decreasing the bloating, constipation and gas that many people experience after eating nuts and seeds.
So, it is clear that it’s better for you to soak nuts before you eat them, but with that said, no one is perfect and we all live busy lives, so if you can’t always soak them, that is ok. However, in many recipes that include nuts or nut flours, soaking the nuts before hand is completely feasible, since you don’t need to sprout or dehydrate them, as they are going to be baked in the oven anyways. Small changes are better than no changes. Soak your nuts when you can, and don’t when you can’t.
**If you are on the go, snacking on nuts that are “raw”, limit your consumption to 10. This is the amount of nuts that most people’s stomachs can tolerate before they get bloated, gassy, and constipated.
**For an amazing and easy cookie recipe that contains soaked walnuts, search “Paleo Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies” in the search bar.