Activated nuts are raw nuts that have been soaked in a salt water solution for
7-12 hours to stimulate the early germination and sprouting process within the nut. Activation stimulates the early germination and sprouting process within the nut. Once soaked, nuts are then dehydrated at a low temperature (about 65°C) for 12-24 hours before eating.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED NUTS?
The idea is that activating the nuts helps to break down the naturally occurring anti-nutrients, such as phytates in the nuts.
Phytates are plant storage compounds which bind minerals: iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and phosphate, making them less available for absorption. Phytates inhibit (but do not entirely block) bioavailability of these nutrients, affecting how much of the other nutrients in that food that we can absorb. It’s important to know that these phytates won’t have a lasting effect once that food has been eaten.
SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
Nuts and seeds are incredibly nutrient dense. They’re a great source of vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, and healthy fats. Activating nuts may help to improve digestion and nutrient absorption for healthy eating.
Certified Organic food is produced using organic farming methods containing no chemical fertilisers or synthetic pesticides or herbicides and contain no genetic modification, food irradiation or chemical additives.
Organic certification is a highly developed and trusted third party certification system. With a lack of regulation in Australia, a third party certification becomes even more important, as it provides a guarantee that the entire supply chain has been independently audited against strict standards, so consumers know they are getting what they paid for.'Certified organic’ is a regulated term in Australian labelling regulations, this means that if you want to use the term ‘certified’ anywhere on the product label (not necessarily in product name) the handling of the product must be in compliance with organic standards like ACOS, meaning the product must appear on an organic certificate and the label must be approved. If you are not certified yourself nor using certified manufacturers to produce / package/label your product, you cannot use the term ‘certified’ as you are not complying with the Australian labelling regulations.