Nuts and seeds can be terrific nutrient-dense snacks or addition to a meal, but contain compounds that interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Like grains, raw nuts (and especially raw seeds), contain the anti-nutrients phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. These anti-nutrients prevent the seed from sprouting prematurely, but can cause potential problems in humans by binding to nutrients in the body and contributing to nutrient deficiencies and digestive system irritation. Just because nuts and seeds are considered good sources of protein and nutrients, doesn’t mean your body can absorb these nutrients.
Soaking, or sprouting, the nuts and seeds greatly reduces anti-nutrients and makes all the beneficial nutrients bio-available. Soaking also allows us to easily digest the nuts and seeds and decreases intestinal discomfort.