To Activate Or Not: The Truth About Nuts And Seeds

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How to Properly Activate Nuts

In order to properly activate nuts and seeds, they must first be soaked overnight. When you soak nuts, it tackles the phytic acid levels and dilutes them. Once the phytic acid is handled, the enzymes then are made inoperable and dormant. When you soak nuts, it actually triggers the nut to begin the process of sprouting — but don’t worry, you’ll eat them before they ever get that far along.

Soaking and activating nuts and seeds diminishes the phytic acid and essentially turns off their enzyme inhibitors, making the enzymes available to us. Soaking dried nuts tells the nut that it is time to germinate so it can switch off these elements and begin the sprouting process.

When soaking nuts, use filtered water and add a handful of salt. Sea salt tends to work best. Be sure that the nuts are fully submerged in water and remove any floaters if you have them. Nuts and seeds should be soaked overnight, but some people have reported results in as little as eight hours.

Once your soak is complete, you’ll drain the water and rinse your nuts. With larger nuts, a colander works really well for this task, just try to shake out the excess water as much as possible. The next step is drying the nuts. If you have a dehydrator, that will work best, but you can also dry your nuts in the oven. All you need is a baking pan or cookie sheet. Heat the oven to 150 degrees and dry them slowly. Depending on the nut, the drying time will vary.

 

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Once the nuts have been dried out, remove them from the dehydrator or oven and then put them in storage. Be sure they are stored properly and completely dry, otherwise they will grow mold and go bad.

That’s it! That’s all you have to do to activate your nuts and seeds to get the most nutrition out of this valuable resource.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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