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Why You Should Soak Nuts Before Eating Them?

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Soaking helps to get rid of phytic acid and neutralizing enzyme inhibitors enabling easy digestion and elevating absorption of vitamins and other nutrients in the nuts. The peels are more easily removable, once you soak nuts in hot water. Adding a little salt while soaking will help neutralize the enzymes. It also helps remove dust residue and tannins. The water residue from the soaked nuts must not be re-used for cooking as they might contain harmful substances.

Just like grains, nuts contain phytic acid which is part of their defense mechanism to avoid predators so that they can grow to their full maturity. Often, you may find some bits of nuts in your stools because phytic acid works against easy digestion of the nuts. Soaking helps to get rid of phytic acid and neutralizing enzyme inhibitors enabling easy digestion and elevating absorption of vitamins and other nutrients in the nuts.

The peels are more easily removable, once you soak nuts in hot water. Adding a little salt while soaking will help neutralize the enzymes. It also helps remove dust residue and tannins. The water residue from the soaked nuts must not be re-used for cooking as they might contain harmful substances.

Number of hours nuts must be soaked:

  1.  Walnuts: 8 hrs
  2.  Almonds: 12 hrs
  3.  Pecans: 8 hrs
  4.  Pumpkin seeds: 7 hrs
  5.  Macadamia: 4 hrs
  6.  Garbanzo beans: 12-48 hrs
  7.  Pine nuts: 8 hrs
  8.  Hazelnuts: 8 hrs
  9.  Cashewnuts: 6 hrs
  10.  Flax seeds: 6 hrs
  11.  Alfalfa seeds: 12 hrs
  12.  Broccoli seeds: 8 hrs.

If you are soaking nuts for more than 8 hours, then it’s advised that you re-wash them and add fresh water for soaking every 8 hours.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).