Why Should You Soak Nuts and seeds
Moms and grannies always tell us to soak nuts and seeds before eating. They say it’s good for health and there is a valid explanation to supplement their beliefs. Soaked seeds help digestion and help in nuts and seed allergies. There are several more well explained reasons. Read on:
Soaking deactivates the Phytic acid in the nuts and seeds.
A huge defense mechanism in nuts and seeds is the Phytic acid present in them but it is this phytic acid which is difficult to digest for some. It prevents the digestive systems ability to break the nuts or seeds down properly resulting into digestive issues. Read more about Phytic acid on Wikipedia
Soaking reduces Goitrogens
Goitrogens are suppressors of thyroid function and interfere with iodine uptake. Soaking nuts and seeds reduces Goitrogens and increases the necessary minerals needed for a healthy thyroid. Read more about Goitrogens on Wikipedia
Soaking encourages the production of enzymes
When you soak the nuts with salt and warm water it helps activate the enzyme that neutralize the enzyme inhibitors. This helps in better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Soaking increases vitamin absorption
We all know that nuts are rich in vitamins. Soaking them sets the vitamins and minerals free to be easily absorbed by the body.
Soaking improves the flavour and texture
When you eat something it’s flavour and texture is very important. Soaking even for as little as 30 minutes increases the flavour and texture of nuts like Almonds, walnuts and pecans.
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Note: Always discard the soaked water and don’t use it in any recipe.
Some recipes that use soaked nuts and seeds
I run my own software company, SANIsoft as it’s CEO. After long hours at work, I find cooking incredibly therapeutic. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than cooking up a meal to soothe the body, mind and Soul.
The idea for Swati’s Kitchen came about one day as I was chronicling one of my recipes for a dear friend. So here you will see my recipes and tips and tricks for making easy, rewarding and mouthwatering delights.