The main reason soaking nuts is so important is to make their hidden benefits available for digestion. Nuts store their precious life force until nature’s water and sunshine can grow a tree… Natural occurring chemicals and toxins prevent an early sprouting, these are enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, also tannins.
When it rains the nut gets enough moisture so it can germinate and produce a plant. The inhibitors and toxic substances are naturally removed when the conditions are met. By soaking we mimic the same conditions: the nuts come to live, their vitality profile increases dramatically!
The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
- Enzyme inhibitors get neutralized.
- The amount of vitamins, specially B vitamins, increase.
- Minerals and phytonutrients your body can absorb increase dramatically.
- Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced or eliminated.
- Proteins are readily for absorption.
- Breaking down gluten.
- Beneficial enzymes are produced, which benefits colon health.
- Tannins, are removed.
Soaking times vary with the nut. Generally the more dense the nut, the longer the soaking time. Ideally, soaking should be done at room temperature, Change the water, if you can, during the soaking time.
Soaking times at a glance:
Almonds: overnight or between 8 to 12 hours
Brazil nuts: do not need soaking
Cashews: do not need soaking but required for some recipes: minimum 1 for pieces, 3- 6 hours for whole kernels
Flax seeds: do not need soaking, but increase fiber when soaked (up to 8 hours)
Hazelnuts: do not need soaking, but will soften up after 8 hours
Macadamia Nuts: do not need soaking, but soften up after 6 hours
Pecans: 4-6 hours
Pine nuts: do not need soaking
Pili nuts: do not need soaking, 3 hours soaking allow their skin to come off and blend up like a creamer.
Pistachios: do not need soaking
Pumpkin Seeds: 3-8 hours (but may not need soaking for consumption, the sources are not clear)
Sesame Seeds: 8 hours
Sunflower Seeds: 2 hours
Walnuts: 4-6 hours
When you are not able to use all the nuts you have soaked, they will keep fresh in the refrigerator in a closed container without water, however, you may rinse them twice a day. This works very well for a few days.
When you forgot to soak, or something went wrong
In emergencies, when you don t have time to soak, just be it! Enjoy your nutmilk without any concern, made from dry nuts, …. don ‘t worry, be happy!