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When nuts are soaked in hot water, their peels will be removed easily. In addition, it’s also recommended to add a little salt to neutralize enzymes and eliminate dust and tannins. Remember, that it’s not recommended to reuse the water residue as it could contain harmful substances.
Like grains, nuts contain phytic acid, which is part of their defense system to ward off predators so they are able to mature fully. The acid blocks the ease of the digestion process, which is why it is common to see small pieces of nuts in the stool.
After being soaked, nuts lose the phytic acid and their enzyme inhibitors are neutralized which means that their consumption aids digestion and improves absorption of vitamins and other nutrients.
Here’s the time you need to soak nuts:
- Macadamia: 4 hrs
- Cashew nuts: 6 hrs
- Flax seeds: 6 hrs
- Pumpkin seeds: 7 hrs
- Pine nuts: 8 hrs
- Walnuts: 8 hrs
- Pecans: 8 hrs
- Broccoli seeds 8 hrs.
- Hazelnuts: 8 hrs
- Alfalfa seeds: 12 hrs
- Almonds: 12 hrs
- Garbanzo beans: 12-48 hrs
If the nuts require soaking for more than 8 hours in the water, it is recommended to wash them again with fresh water each 8 hour period.