Soaking nuts and seeds- Have you tried it? Find out how I do it in this post and video!

How to soak nuts and seeds video

What are phytates and why shouldn’t we eat too many?

phosphorus is stored in many plant cells as phytic acid. When phytic acid bonds with a mineral in the nut or seed it’s called phytate. These phytates are called “anti-nutrients” by many healthy living advocates because they make absorbing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc difficult. Because phytates are also enzyme inhibitors they can make it harder to digest protein, fats, and starches.

Properly preparing seeds can reduce the amount of phytates which can make them more nutritious and easier to digest. However, we don’t know for sure how to remove phytates from nuts, though much anecdotal evidence suggests soaked nuts are easier to digest. Ramiel Nagel writes:

“Based on the accumulation of evidence, soaking nuts for eighteen hours, dehydrating at very low temperatures—a warm oven—and then roasting or cooking the nuts would likely eliminate a large portion of phytates.”

Is there any benefit to phytates?

Strangely enough, it seems that phytates can be beneficial. Phytates can act as antioxidants in the body and some research shows that phytic acid may reduce your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney stones, insulin resistance, and Hemochromatosis (iron overload).

Soaking nuts and seeds

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups nuts or seeds of choice
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbs. high quality sea salt

Directions:

Cover your nuts or seeds with filtered water and salt. Let soak overnight (18-24 hrs).

Drying your soaked nuts and seeds

A dehydrator is ideal because the low temperature will ensure your nuts and seeds retain as much of their nutritional quality as possible, however, an oven at the lowest possible temperature will work too.

Drain your nuts and seeds. I let them sit for a while to get as much water off as possible.

Add the nuts and seeds to dehydrator sheets. Spread them out so there is plenty or space for air to circulate.

Dehydrate at about 110 degrees for 24 hours.

Storing your soaked nuts and seeds

You can store your nuts and seeds in glass containers in a cabinet for up to 6 months. Any longer than that just toss them in the refrigerator or freezer.

How about you?

Have you ever soaked your food? How do you do it?

References

  • http://www.raw-food-living.com/soaking-nuts.html
  • http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/07/soaking-nuts.html
  • http://www.westonaprice.org/FAQ-Grains-Seeds-Nuts-Beans.html
  • http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-phytates-phytic-acid
  • http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/living-with-phytic-acid/