Nuts, seeds, legumes and grains contain “enzyme inhibitors.” Their purpose is to protect the seeds by keeping them in a state of hibernation until conditions are right for natural germination. However, these ‘enzyme inhibitors’ can interfere with our digestion and block absorption of minerals and vitamins into the body.
Nuts, seeds, legumes and grains also contain “phytic acid,” which is present largely in the bran (the outer layer of the nut). This binds to minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc, thus making them unavailable for absorption in the intestine. A diet high in improperly prepared whole grains, seeds and nuts may lead to digestive problems, allergies, and mineral deficiencies.
Soaking nuts and seeds in water ‘activates’ germination, which is thought to reduce the enzyme inhibitors. For example, soaking activates the enzyme phytase, which then neutralizes phytic acid. Through the soaking process, the enzyme inhibitors are ‘neutralized,’ other beneficial enzymes are activated and the vitamin content increases, especially the B vitamins, vitamin C and Carotene. Soaking makes seeds, nuts, legumes and grains easier to digest and the nutrients are more easily absorbed.
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