Have you ever noticed a heavy feeling in your stomach or undigested nuts in your stool the next day after eating too many raw unsoaked nuts? That’s because in order to digest nuts properly they need to be soaked.
Nuts and seeds naturally contain enzyme inhibitors. The purpose of these enzyme inhibitors is to protect the nut until it has what it needs for growing (ex. sunlight, water, soil, etc.). When eaten, these inhibitors will neutralize natural enzymes in our bodies making digestion more difficult. Soaking and rinsing your nuts thoroughly will remove the enzyme inhibitors and release the nutrients in the nuts. Since the soak water will contain the enzyme inhibitors, and is very acidic to the body, you’ll want to rinse your nuts and seeds well after soaking.
1. rinse nuts thoroughly with water.
2. Place nuts in bowl or mason jar.
3. Add water to the bowl. Be sure that the nuts are covered completely.
4. Lay a clean cloth over the bowl as a cover.
5. Soak nuts for 6 – 8 hours or overnight.
6. Drain the water by pouring through a colander and then rinse the nuts thoroughly.
7. Soaked nuts may be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days before using. If you plan to keep the nuts for a longer period of time, dry the nuts in a dehydrator. Be sure the temperature does not exceed 115 degrees in order to preserve the raw enzymes.