I soak all my grains, seeds, beans & nuts before eating. I sprout & dehydrate a lot of them too.
Soaking nuts, grains, seeds, and legumes
Nature has set it up so that the nut, grain and seed may survive until proper growing conditions are present. Nature’s defense mechanism includes nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances that can be removed naturally when there is enough precipitation to sustain a new plant after the nut, grain or seed germinates. When it rains the nut, grain or seed gets wet and can then germinate to produce a plant. So we are mimicking nature when we soak our nuts, grains and seeds.
Nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances found in nuts grains and seed can be minimized or eliminated by soaking. These inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.
Why soak nuts, grains and seeds?
- 1. To remove or reduce phytic acid.
- 2. To remove or reduce tannins.
- 3. To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
- 4. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
- 5. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
- 6. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
- 7. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
- 8. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
- 9. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
- 10. To prevent many health diseases and conditions.
SOAKING & DEHYDRATING SEEDS & NUTS:
I am borrowing my friends Good For You dehydrator. I like it very much. Make sure what ever dehydrator you buy has a variable temperature dial from at least 95 to 150+ degrees.
1) Rinse Seed, Nut, Bean or grain throughly then soak in double the amount of water than seed for 8-24hrs. If you choose after soaking you can sprout your seed, nut etc. Once sprouted you could then dry in your dehydrator.
2) Once soaked & rinsed again spread out on dehydrator tray.
3) I personally set my dehydrator to 145 degrees for one hour first to help against any bacteria forming & then lower temperature to 95 degrees for 12+ hrs, until seed is fully dried again.