Did you know raw nuts are seeds? It’s very important to soak them before eating them. All grains, nuts and seeds have a natural protective coating on them to help them survive until the right growing conditions are present. Rain and moist soil naturally breaks down this coating so the seeds can sprout and grow. Unfortunately, when it comes to human consumption, this coating contains phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors making them hard to digest. Because of this, it’s very important to soak raw nuts to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors. This helps your body absorb all the great nutrients nuts provide – vital minerals including iron, zinc and magnesium, amino acids and fats.
It’s very simple and easy to soak and dehydrate nuts in your kitchen. (We talk about soaking nuts and seeds on page 191 of our book in the Eating Pure section.)
We soak our nuts overnight in filtered water with sea salt.