Why is soaking nuts, seeds, and grains recommended?
Although it’s not commonly practice today, in times past it was. Scientifically speaking, nuts, seeds, and grains contain phytates, lectins, tannins and enzyme inhibitors, which are known anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients are substances that bind with vital nutrients in the body, rendering them unavailable for biological use, which may ultimately lead to nutrient deficiencies. For occasion consumption of nuts, seeds and grains this is not an issue, but when it is a daily part of one’s diet over a long period of time, soaking is definitely a prevention step recommended.
Soaking nuts, seeds and grains is easy. There are a ton of sources available if you really want to explore this for yourself. However, simply rinse your organic raw nuts, seeds or grains under cool water in a strainer until the water running out the bottom of the strainer is clear. Then place in a glass container and fill with water to cover the nuts, sees or grains. Place in the refrigerator at least 24 hours, but not more than 72 hours. Drain, rinse and use. The nuts, seeds or grains are recipe ready. Drying the nuts is also an option by placing them on a baking sheet, then into the oven or food dehydrator set at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-24 hours. Exceptions to the soaking process are chia seeds and flax seeds.
The soaking process also renders the nuts, seeds and grains easier to digest. Lastly I find these items taste better too! As always, don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself! Enjoy!