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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).

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KevinHarris1
KevinHarris1 5pts

Incredible to me that no one, including the article's author, has yet answered the question whether this advice pertains to nuts that have been roasted already! Seems like an important piece of information, doesn't it? Geesh. 

KevinHarris1
KevinHarris1 5pts

Incredible to me that no one, including the article's author, has yet answered the question whether this advice pertains to nuts that have been roasted already! Seems like an important piece of information, doesn't it? Geesh. 

kamleshv770
kamleshv770 5pts

Thank's for giving helpfully information reallygood for everyone to know it.

ritubedi46
ritubedi46 5pts

SIR IF WE ARE MAKING MUKHWAS WITH FLAX SEEDS EVEN THEN IT IS ESSENTIAL TO SOAK THEM?

AshokParipatyadar
AshokParipatyadar 5pts

Great info...many thnx, this is what is missing from so-called authentic books....!

SusanMoore4
SusanMoore4 5pts

so then, can you re-dry them out on a cookie sheet in the oven?


eye4swain
eye4swain 5pts

Thats the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The guy is a quack doctor. don`t pay him no mind.

Rebecca A Hermsen
Rebecca A Hermsen 5pts

Google may not be the ultimate authority, but it will lead you to many websites that explain why soaking nuts is a good idea.

HowieDoodat
HowieDoodat 5pts

@eye4swain Raw nuts contain Phytic Acid, an enzyme inhibitor. It's a plant's natural defense against being eaten because like most things, plants don't like to be eaten either. When you soak nuts and seeds, it breaks down the acid and not only makes the nuts easier to digest, but also helps the nutrients to become more bioavailable to your body... So by contrast, your statement based on no premise but your own limited understanding, and therefore advising people to pay no mind to a "quack doctor", to me sounds quite "dumb". Try and open your mind and learn instead of spreading negativity and misinformation :) you will live a happier life and help others to do the same!

gpasq
gpasq 5pts

@HowieDoodat @eye4swain From Google:  High-phytate foods, such as grains, nuts, and legumes, can raise the risk of iron and zinc deficiency. As a countermeasure, strategies such as soaking, sprouting and fermentation are often employed. For those who eat meat regularly, deficiencies caused by phytic acid are not a concern.

So yeah, quack.

ErnestHoward
ErnestHoward 5pts

Can I just buy a hot tub and soak my nuts in that? Bahahaha! This article made me dumber.

VincentNg2
VincentNg2 5pts

So, we can't eat nuts pre-soaked. For that matter, all other foods. Then next month, we have some health guru telling us not to over-soak because nutrients get lose or something.


Ekta Sharma
Ekta Sharma 5pts

Do we need to drink that water too???

Danielle Tokeras
Danielle Tokeras 5pts

Who's Gertrude Earline Davis? You loked mine and Joannes i am curious to know

Melissa Weber
Melissa Weber 5pts

I know and certain times for different seeds!

Mkola Tambwe Mlima
Mkola Tambwe Mlima 5pts

Furaha Bishota-FolquetAisha BarnabasNelly Iteba-Uku..I have started soaking my almonds for my smoothie..but peeling ni kazi !

Junaid Cheema
Junaid Cheema 5pts

Can i eat saok almomd nd dry figs together early in the morning empty stomach?

Danielle Tokeras
Danielle Tokeras 5pts

Lol Joanne you made my night buahahaha that comment was hilarious!!! Will cheer up you old prude... there's far more worse jokes here on facebook... to call someone scum and an idiot for a little joke like this says allot about you... In the wise words of my childhood mentor "You are a sad strange little man you have my pity".

Will Sly
Will Sly 5pts

Here here now @joanne Robinson scum idiot

Camber Christian
Camber Christian 5pts

And roasting them after the soak diminishes vitamins and antioxidant potential :-/

Rani Minhas
Rani Minhas 5pts

So nuts get digested easily ; I soak my Almonds every night, and they don't get soggy at all .

Kim Keller
Kim Keller 5pts

I don't think I could eat soggy nuts . I'd probably throw up yuck .

Joanne Robinson
Joanne Robinson 5pts

Best to soak nuts before eating - does that mean having a bath?! ;-)

Donna Stokes
Donna Stokes 5pts

If still chewy, they need more dehydrating, should be a soft dry crunch and easier on your teeth.

Donna Stokes
Donna Stokes 5pts

Surprisingly they missed mentioning the next step: Drying... Dry nuts in a dehydrator until completely dry right the way through, if you don't have a dehydrator, then the oven works fine, spread nuts out on tray, set oven very low, leave around 5 hours, or over night, also once the nuts are activated they're much easier to digest.

Debbie McNutt
Debbie McNutt 5pts

Nuts should be raw and soaked for 5-7 hrs. for better digestion.

Nikolett Gimesi
Nikolett Gimesi 5pts

Tundy Magyar errol beszeltunk tegnap! We just talked about this!! \U0001f600