Should we eat raw nuts?

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Raw nuts and seeds have notable levels of phytic acid. It acts as a form of bonded phosphorous that serves as a physiological protector and anti oxidant for plants. Phytic acid helps in safeguarding the seeds until germination. Although, when eaten by humans, it converts into minerals after entering the gastrointestinal tract which causes irritation and contributes to nutrient deficiencies. Some animals naturally produce some level of enzyme phytase that breaks down this vexing anti nutrient. Humans do not produce it therefore face trouble to digest phytase rich diet. Raw nuts also contain a significant amount of enzyme inhibitors which act to prevent the nut or seed from sprouting pre maturely in nature. Yet these enzyme inhibitors can also bind up minerals and cause digestive strain for nut munching humans. Most statements extolling the health benefits of raw nuts and seeds are inaccurate as they fail to take into account the fact that many of the nutrients they contain cannot be properly assimilated in their raw form.

What are activated nuts?

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For nuts and seeds, the process of soaking is used in order to “activate” the nut/seed.

Basically, the nuts/seeds are soaked in water to reduce the phytic acid. Then, they’re dried at a very low temperature, such as in a dehydrator, to crisp the nuts/seeds back up and keep them raw and full of enzymes.

The science behind soaking nuts suggests that it helps in reducing the anti nutrient content and makes them more beneficial for the body.The soaking process also makes additional nutrient more bioavailable. This includes increasing Vitamin A, c and B content, especially B2, B5 and B6.In our stressed lifestyles B vitamins are constantly used up in the body, which means having increased levels available in the foods you eat is important! B vitamins are essential for:

  • modulating stress by supporting your adrenals,
  • helping prevent early aging,
  • reducing inflammation and the development of heart disease,
  • aiding in red blood cell production,
  • preventing migraines.
  • B6 (Pyridoxine) aids the body’s production of serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, all major players in mood and sleep patterns.

Once soaked and germinated, the PH level of nuts increases that helps to bring acidic levels of the body to an alkaline state. The phytates and enzyme inhibitors that make nuts and seeds so tricky to digest can be easily neutralized by soaking in salt water and low temperature dehydrating. The combination of minerals and heat works to break down irritating compounds, while preserving the beneficial facts and proteins.

Today, despite the fact that modern science continues to prove just how important soaking is to enhancing key nutrients’ bioavailability, it is not done to the nuts and seeds in most commercially sold products. The problem is that soaking is time consuming and expensive, so commercial manufacturers avoid it, despite its importance.

One more thing that is very important to keep in mind is that different nuts need to be soaked for different hours.

Are activated nuts better for your kid?

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Yes, they are definitely better, why? Read below:-

Naturally, a little seed already contains everything it needs to grow. It just needs the right environmental circumstances to arise for it to get the go ahead to sprout.

Through this process, the little nut also lets down its guard and releases these nutrients.

We can imitate this scenario when preparing nuts and seeds to get the most nutritionally out of them and to reduce these anti-nutrients.

If you do consume large amounts of grains, legumes, nuts or seeds, then you may want to consider employing some traditional techniques in food preparation including soaking, fermenting, sprouting or using an acidic medium to “activate” these foods and make their nutrition available to your body.

In our experiment we found that the bacteria count is very high post soaking as compared to dehydrated nuts- 4/5 test failed for bacteria count in soaked nuts. Dehydrated nuts had least bacteria count as compared to raw and soaked- so never soak the nut and give it in tiffin.

Moisture content decreases, minerals vitamins level are intact( check the lab report section), Bad bacteria decreases as compared to soaked nuts( according to FSSAI standards- again check the lab reports)

Nuts become crisper as water comes out- isn’t it great you get the same feel of dry roasted nuts without losing nutrient?

During dehydrating process- we did lot of trial and run- like checking moisture every one hour by Moisture thermometer . This is how we have calculated why nuts need to be dehydrated for how many hours.

Bad bacteria decreases after dehydrating it- good solution for kids which complains about stomach pain after eating nuts