Don’t Eat Those Nuts!
Wait until you soak them for at least 7 hours. After years of opening a bag of nuts (pecans, walnuts, blanched almonds) and just eating these tasty treats, I learned in Nutrition school that there are phytates.
As our family went gluten and dairy free to recovery, eating nuts was an easy, tasty treat. But I had no idea that when we eat nuts, beans, grains, and seeds, we absorb phytates which can strip our minerals. Phytates are antioxidants that bind with needed minerals such as iron, zinc, manganese. However, these phytates can prevent absorption of needed minerals.
However, there are some studies that show if you have cancer; phytates can be useful! In some instances of chronic disease or cancer, more phytates may be useful. If you find yourself needing inositol, that is a clinical name for phytates. Source: Vucenik I & Shamsuddin AM. Protection against cancer by dietary IP6 and inositol. Nutrition and Cancer 2006;55:109-125.
Certainly, we have learned the order and grace to keeping a balance of foods in our diets. Chances are you are getting plenty of phytates and hopefully not fighting disease. Most of us will want to remove these phytates and it is easily done by simply adding a couple steps to soak the nuts. The nuts actually taste less bitter and the nutrients of the nuts can be utilized better.
Fortunately, this is a simple process to soak, it will just take a quick prep but a day’s planning. We are in the habit of implementing the following when we get home with our:
Nuts, Raw Beans, Seeds, Grains.
- Open the container and pour 3-4 cups of nuts, seeds or grain into a bowl.
- Heat a pot of filtered water to a light bubble.
- Put 1-3 tsp of good mineral salt into the bowl of nuts.
- Pour the warm water over the nuts and make sure it covers the nuts with an extra inch for expansion.
- Cover with the lid or cellophane wrap.
- After 7 hours or overnight, simply pour nuts into a colander to drain out all the phytates and brown water.
- Rinse well.
- Now some like to eat the nuts at this point and you can make some delicious almond milk at this stage. We usually have a few munchies but we prefer to move on for crispy nuts. Roasting also helps enhance the flavor.
Simply place these soft, soaked nuts on a cookie sheet and spread level. You can sprinkle salt or cinnamon on top. The oven needs to be at the lowest level in order to heat but not cook; most ovens start at 170˚F which works. Leave the nuts in the oven for 3-5 hours until completely dry. You could also use Nesco American Harvest Dehydrator and let them dehydrate for 12 – 24 hours.
Take a cup or two of the crispy nuts and grind them until flour. I use the Blendtec Blender. It has been such a great kitchen investment!
Same as flour just blend longer and the oils start to be released. Use a knife (with the jar off the base, so no accidents!) to stir and get the nut flour down. You can add some ingredients to make it especially tasty! Try this delicious recipe we make.
1 cup almonds (sliced or blanched work best)
2 cups warm, filtered water
1 Tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
pinch of mineral salt
Put in a blender and blend well. Put through a strainer if you don’t want the pulp. Chill or drink warm. This is delicious.
Enjoy! This time I have made almonds. Walnuts, cashews and pecans are also great. These nuts are very tasty on their own, in a salad, as a milk, with yogurt or many other ways.