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almonds nuts soaking health

Raw nuts and seeds (especially almonds) have an enzyme inhibitor in their brown skins to protect them until the conditions of nature (ie. sunlight and water) are available to germinate them. Since those conditions are not normally met prior to eating them, the enzyme inhibitors prevent the almonds from releasing all of their nutrients to our bodies as well as making them harder for us to digest. Soaking provides the moisture necessary to release the inhibitors therefore making the nuts and seeds easier to digest and allowing our bodies to absorb more of the vital nutrients we need.

Once I tried them this way I would never go back.. they are so much yummier. Have you ever soaked your nuts before eating them?

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Only in the bath.

I don't soak nuts, and only rarely eat them to be honest. Seems like more effort than I'm capable of (sadly).

You can do them in bulk and then keep them in the fridge, but I just put a handful in a small bowl overnight and then turn them out onto kitchen paper in the morning and they are gone by lunchtime.
That does sound pretty good. I've heard of activated nuts - maybe that's similar?
Someone had to go there!
I usually buy pre-prepared nuts, so don't need to soak them. When I do buy nuts still inside their shells, I never soak them. This is the first time I have actually heard about doing it. Usually I roast my nuts, if I do anything to them.
I thought it actually sounded gross when I first heard of it, but soaked almonds are really nice and once you try them it's hard to go back to normal dry nuts. Roasted nuts are awesome too though :)
That was my first thought too.

On the flip side of this, nuts are very calorific, but the fact that you do not fully digest them means that when eaten whole, a lot of the fat does not get absorbed, which means that you don't gain all that expected extra weight. If you soak them, presumably the fat will get absorbed as well.
This is the first I have heard of soaking nuts. I might give it a go next time I have them.
by Vee
It makes them so much softer and nicer to eat... give it go :)
They don't turn out soggy?
by Vee
You would think so, but not at all.. I let them dry out on paper towel before eating them.
My husband does, but I don't. I can't see any point...it's just one more thing to do when I'm very tired.
It takes like seconds.. and if you a whole bunch in advance and keep them in fridge, it's really not time consuming. And the health benefits far outweigh the small inconvenience. Eating them un-soaked means you are missing most of the nutritional value.
Oh, I didn't realise they were more nutritious when soaked. I'll definitely do it now. Thanks for the tip!
Soaking almonds is common in my homeland, i.e. India. Other nuts, no, almonds I do soak overnight if I remember.
to be honest, I haven't tried it with other nuts, cause almonds are my favourite anyway.
not knowing this was a good reason for soaking them no. but will give it a try. my only previous nut soaking was to remove the skin from the almond for decorating the Christmas Cake!
I have heard of this before, but never tried it. I'll definitely give it a try!
Awesome.. how you enjoy it.
No but I shall put it on my to do list.
I soak certain pulses -beans however I do not soak almonds or anything like that.

Thanks for that information re almonds -I did not know that!
by Finy
I've never, ever heard about this before. I'm amazed it could have been hidden from people for so long!
I soak nuts overnight, wash them well (almonds can be filthy) and then dehydrate them. I do about a kilo and store them in a large coffee jar. Activated nuts have more nutrients and have the bad stuff removed which also makes them more digestible.
by Rice
IT is very good soaking nuts to eat next day. soaking nuts have no cholestrol . all the fat will go if u soak and eat. this is useful
by asha
No, I've never thought of soaking them to tell you the truth.
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