Note: This is part of a series of posts about popular trends in the health industry. Read more and subscribe here: Health Trends – Translation Please?
What is Activated food?
The term activated is mainly thrown around in reference to nuts or seeds such as almonds. The activation process basically involves soaking your Almonds or other nuts in water and or salt for an extended period of time and then allowing them to dry naturally or using a dehydrator. The below is a handy tool you can use as a guideline for how long you should be soaking various types of nuts and seeds.
Raw nuts are well known to be a beneficial and nutritious snack containing healthy fats, protein, fibre, zinc, magnesium, calcium and much more. The skin of the nut however contains small amounts of Phytic acid naturally produced by the plant which can hamper the absorption of iron and other nutrients. The skin also containers enzyme inhibitors that can also restrict the digestive systems ability to absorb nutrients and if consumed in excess may cause bloating or digestive discomfort. By soaking the nuts in salted water we activate key enzymes in the nut that will break-down the enzyme inhibitors and also remove Phytic acid present.
Worth the Cash?
It depends, if nuts are a key part of your diet and you seem to go through a bag at a rate of knots then perhaps it would be savvy to start soaking and drying your own nuts and seeds. Anyhow it’s up to you if you want to invest in a de-hydrator for the drying process but really, if you can find a warm sunny location, or a very low heat oven with the door slightly ajar to dry them, I believe it would be just as effective. In terms of buying activated nuts pre-packaged, they seem to jump quite extravagantly in price once activated so I would avoid doing that unless you are in an emergency situation that requires activated nuts.
PS. This is part of a series of posts about popular trends in the health industry. Read more and subscribe here: Health Trends – Translation Please?