What Are Activated Nuts?In a "nutshell", activated nuts are nuts that have been made bio-active through a process of soaking and partial fermentation. The process of activating nuts is very simple:
- Dissolve salt in water.
- Pour the salt water over the raw nuts and allow them to soak in a warm place for a predetermined period of time.
- Drain the water and spread the nuts over a stainless steel baking tray.
- Roast in the oven at a low temperature (66C or 150F) until dry.
Another, potentially more serious problem with raw nuts is that they contain enzyme inhibitors called protease or trypsin inhibitors that make the body have to work overtime to produce the enzymes needed for digestion. This, according to some researchers, puts strain on the pancreas and can potentially lead to pancreatic cancer.
The Benefits of Activated NutsSoaking nuts in salted water begins the germination process in nuts. When this happens, phytic acid and the enzyme inhibitors are broken down. This makes the nutrients available for absorption by the body. In addition, research has shown that if nuts are soaked for longer periods of time, the level of nutrients actually increases.
The dehydration process partially ferments the nuts and aids in their digestibility, breaking down complex carbohydrates. This is one of the reasons why roasted nuts became so popular, but roasting nuts at a high temperature is said to also destroy most of their nutritional value.
With a little training, you can activate raw nuts at home. Each variety has specific ideal soaking and roasting times and it is recommended that you use only filtered water for soaking the nuts, since tap water can contain pollutants and chemicals. It may also be best to use organic nuts, since some nuts may contain residues from chemical fertilisers and/or insecticides. If in doubt, try some of the commercially available brands first and see how you like them. They may be just what you've been looking for, especially if you're on a vegan or vegetarian diet.