Why You Should ‘Activate’ Your Nuts & Seeds – And How to Do It

There is no need to say about the health benefits of nuts and seeds, but in order to get all those offered health advantages you need to consume them in the right way, and roasting for sure is not the best way.

It is a fact that roasted nuts can taste incredibly, but that kind of preparation with high temperatures alters their nutritional value which may cause severe side effects. The nuts themselves cannot cause any great damage but the accompanied oils which are used in this process of roasting very much worsen their original value. The reason for that is that most producers use cheap oils.

The best way to use the maximum of their nutritional value is to activate your nuts and seeds at home. Nuts and seeds have in their content phytic acid which binds with minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and manganese, and that hampers the body to use them. Eventually, this will lead to mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis, especially if you consume regularly foods high in phytic acid. Therefore, if you enjoy the consumption of nuts and seeds, make sure to “activate” them.

The enzyme phytase, which is present in some animals, can break down the phytic acid, even though people do not have this enzyme in their bodies they can use certain methods which can break down this acid, as well. Those ways are soaking, sprouting and/or fermenting the nuts.

The premature sprouting of nuts is prevented by enzyme inhibitors. When nuts are still there on the fields, they do not get enough moisture; therefore they need more time to germinate. The human body cannot digest unsprouted nuts, and because of that you need to lower the phytic acid levels in nuts, and turn off their enzyme inhibitors.

For that reason, soak your nuts during the night to initiate their natural germination process. In order to save time do a few big batches at once.

How to activate nuts?

In order to achieve this soak 2 cups of your favorite nuts in a bowl with filtered water, but make sure to leave about 2-inch space at the top. Then, add 2 teaspoons of sea salt or you can use some other high-quality salt. Leave the nuts or seeds to stay like that for 7-12 hours. In case of chia and hemp seeds you can skip this step. Note that not all nuts germinate at the same time. For instance, cashews only need 3-5 hours, but almonds need 12-14 hours.

After the soaking period, strain and wash your nuts. Then scatter them on baking sheets and dry them at 150 °F.  Leave your nuts to completely dry out, and then place them into an airtight container. Store them in a cool place like your refrigerator.

This is the right way of consuming your favorite nuts and seeds.