WHAT DO WE DO TO ACTIVATE NUTS?
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.