August 27, 2013 by Leanne Vogel November 16, 2018
A porcupine has quills, opossums act dead when threatened, and newts turn their ribs into spikes when in danger.
Talk about defense mechanisms!
But, did you know? Nuts have similar mechanisms, too? No spikes or death rays… but they do have a natural component that repels predators so that they can grow to full maturity. From almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and everything in between.
The major defense mechanism in nuts is phytic acid. When something that contains phytic acid is eaten, the acid binds to minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, and manganese in the gastrointestinal tract, which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly. (That’s why when you eat nuts you often see undigested bits in your stool the very next day…)
But, do not fear, phytic acid can be removed! All you need to do to deactivate this acid is to give your nuts a little soak!
I have this 5-tray Excalibur Dehydrator and have used it weekly for 6 years. It was a great purchase!
Not sure what to do after you’ve soaked your nuts?
I hope one of my soaked nut recipes will help you out ;)
Easily my favorite recipe on the blog. Eat it with a spoon, stir it around with pasta, or use as a cracker or vegetable dip. Any way you prepare it, it will change the way you look at almonds.
The most amazing dessert I’ve ever had, or made. Vegan and gluten-free lemon squares with a date crust and lemon whipped topping. Simple ingredients, easy prep, fabulous results.
Don’t let the picture fool you – roasted nuts aren’t reserved for Christmas! If you are in love with chai as much as I am, you must make these tasty roasted nuts. Your tummy and taste buds will be smiling with joy!
Nut-based, paleo-friendly hummus with a slight kick of spice.
Do you soak your nuts?
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.