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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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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

Milin Prajapati
Milin Prajapati 5pts

Elaine Moore clary you never heard of soaking nuts because it's secret in India they soak it pile off skin then eat it for years, our family still do it. It's new to America, it has lots of benefits, it better to try it.

Penny Cents
Penny Cents 5pts

I didn't like the Almonds after soaking. Softer. Maybe I will try again

Elaine Moore Clary
Elaine Moore Clary 5pts

I've never heard of soaking nuts. Don't they get soggy? I always thought to soak something that long removes the vitamins and minerals?

Marina Banik
Marina Banik 5pts

Vladimir Vladimirovna, thanks for teaching me this! \U0001f44d\U0001f619

Umair KHan
Umair KHan 5pts

Draksha Akhtar Start eating almonds and nuts #Gaining

Sixela Yoccm
Sixela Yoccm 5pts

I already did \U0001f602 the comments are ALWAYS the best part of these articles

Sixela Yoccm
Sixela Yoccm 5pts

Jermarco Britton also interesting, we've been doing it all wrong. *fights air*