To Activate Or Not: The Truth About Nuts And Seeds
In recent years, nuts and seeds have grown in popularity and most people are undoubtedly familiar with the roasted variety. However, to get the most out of the nuts and seeds in your meals or snacks, you should opt for raw, organic choices. Actually, dried nuts in their raw form are some of the best snack options you can have.
Why should you stay away from roasted nuts? Well, roasting actually removes some of the healthier oils from the nuts themselves. The process of roasting removes the very best parts of the nuts, so stick to raw nuts and seeds if you want to see a true impact to your health.
What is “Activating?”
In recent years, a new trend for preparing and consuming nuts has hit the mainstream — that is, activating nuts before you consume them. Activating is a relatively new trend when it comes to nuts and seeds, so you may not be familiar with the process. In order to active your nuts, you must soak them in water. This process is time consuming and is usually performed overnight.
Soaking and activating nuts operates on a principle concerning a component found within nuts and seeds, phytic acid. Phytic acid is how phosphorous is stored within a plant, and it helps minerals bind when those nuts are consumed. When you eat nuts, minerals inside such as iron or zinc will be easier to digest if you activate the phytic acid. Activating is suggested if you eat nuts as a staple and depend on them for your dietary needs. The process of activating helps us create an enzyme which aids the digestion of nuts in a more efficient way.
When it comes to enzymes, nuts have some built-in as part of their growing process. These enzymes will keep a nut from germinating at the wrong time, and they actually inhibit the growth of the nut itself so it will sprout during the proper season. This enzyme is part of the reason you should consider activating your nuts when eating them for their health benefits. These naturally occurring enzymes actually take away from nuts and make it harder for your body to process them.
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