Not many foods are healthier than nuts. They are full of good fats, vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium, and fiber to help keep you feeling full longer. Some studies even suggest that nuts, specifically almonds, are the perfect weight loss food.
There has been a debate among nut eaters as whether we should be eating raw or activated nuts. Here’s what we know about activated nuts and why they should be incorporated into your diet in place of raw nuts.
What Are Activated Nuts?
Activated nuts have been soaked in water and salt for a period of time (such as overnight) and then dehydrated at a low temperature (at around 40 degrees for 24 hours). Soaking nuts activates the sprouting process, which increases the nutrient content and deactivates substances that inhibit enzymes, making them easier to digest.
Furthermore, when nuts are activated, it increases their pH level, making them more alkaline. Consuming more alkaline foods contributes to the reduction of chronic diseases by preventing inflammation.
Activating nuts can be a lifesaver for individuals with IBD or autoimmune diseases who can otherwise not handle the digestive process of breaking down nuts. For those who do not have digestive issues, you can still benefit from enhancing the nutrient content of your nuts by activating them.
Nuts that have not been activated contain a phytochemical called phytic acid, which binds to minerals and prevents them from forming insoluble salts needed for digestion and absorption purposes. Phytic acid may also interfere with fat and protein metabolism. Activating your nuts before you eat them solves both of these problems.
Unlike grains and legumes, which are soaked in an acidic liquid such as vinegar or lemon juice, nuts are soaked in water and salt because the salt awakens the enzymes that break down the substances that inhibit digestion and absorption.
How To Activate Nuts?
- Add your desired amount of nuts to a bowl and cover with water. Make sure the water just covers the nuts
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the nuts
- Soak anywhere from 12-24 hours
- After soaking, strain and rinse the nuts well under fresh water.
- Spread the nuts over a dehydrator rack or baking tray.
- If you’re using a dehydrator, dehydrate for 12-24 hours at around 50. You don’t want to cook the nuts, just dry them out
- If you don’t have a dehydrator on hand, never fear! Your oven will do the trick too. Set your oven to the lowest temperature possible (around 65 C) and be sure to stir or turn them occasionally. Dry in the oven for 12-24 hours, just as you would a dehydrator.
- Once finished, your dehydrated nuts should have a dry and crisp texture that will prevent them from going mouldy.
- Enjoy as a delicious snack or add them to your favourite recipe!
Have you tried activating your nuts? Did you notice a difference? Share your experience with us!