Nuts and seeds are extremely important for your health. They are an amazing source of fiber, nutrients, and healthy fats. Moreover, they are probably one of the healthiest and most delicious snacks. You can eat them alone, or add them to your dishes and smoothies.
Why activate nuts and seeds?
You should always reach for raw, dry nuts and seed. When you roast them, the natural oils can become rancid, which can be detrimental to your health. This is so because often nuts and the seeds are roasted on cheap oil. Therefore, the best thing to you if you like roasted nuts and seeds is to buy raw ones and do the roasting process yourself.
The nuts and seeds are rich in a compound known as phytic acid. This compound attaches itself to minerals and makes them unavailable for our body. This process is known as enzyme inhibitors. Thus, consuming too much phytic acid can increase the risk of mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis. So, if you are a passionate lover of nuts and seeds you should consider activating them before you consume them.
Additionally, humans, unlike animals don’t possess an enzyme which breaks the phytic acid. Fortunately, there are methods which help in the recreation of this enzyme. The phytic acid can be neutralized by soaking, fermenting and sprouting.
Nuts and Seeds Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
The enzyme inhibitors to nuts and seed appear naturally and prevent them from premature sprout. These enzyme inhibitors make the nuts difficult for digestion. Therefore, if you soak and activate the nuts and seed you will remove the phytic acid and we can benefit from the minerals. When you soak the nut, it feels that it is time to germinate and begins the sprouting process.
Activating the Nuts and Seeds
First, take a large bowl and add 2 cups of nuts and seeds. Then, pour filtered water and 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Leave them to soak for 7-12 hours. However, cashews need 3-5 hours and almonds need 12-14 hours. Next, strain the water and rinse them well. Then, put them in the oven to 65 degrees until they dry completely. Finally, store the nuts and the seed and consume them whenever you want.
Note: Hemp and Chia seeds don’t need this activation process.