First of all, to answer the above question, I will do a little research with you on the germination of seeds.
By nature seeds will not germinate until the right growing conditions are met. During that time, the seed has a mechanism to protect itself from insects or other agents. But inadvertently this same mechanism produces nutritional inhibitors or invisible toxins that we cannot see. And when these seeds sprout and grow into plants, the toxins are “washed away” day by day by the rains.
And soaking the seeds is the same way Mother Nature did with the seeds. At this point, you must have got the answer whether or not to soak the nutritious seeds, right? But don’t rush out, if you want to know more about how to soak nutritious seeds correctly or the exact soaking time for each type of nut, read on!
Next, let’s take a look at the nutritional inhibitors found in nutrients such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, etc. What are they so horrible to see!? These include: enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.
So, what is an enzyme inhibitor?
- In the first bullet point, there are two types of enzymes, digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes.
- Digestive enzymes help break down food and metabolic enzymes help metabolize substances in the body for absorption.
- Enzyme inhibitors block, limit, or block enzyme activities.
- If you eat too many nuts containing enzyme inhibitors, your digestive system will work really hard.
What about phytic acid (phytates)?
- This compound plays a role in preventing seeds from germinating when conditions are not right.
- Phytic acid is located in the outer layer or bran layer of the nutrient grain.
- It will impair the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. Because when phytic acid meets these substances they will precipitate.
- Failure to treat the bran layer of the grain, in the long run, can affect the intestines, such as irritable bowel syndrome.
What about goitrogens?
Goitrogens are known to inhibit thyroid function by interfering with iodine absorption. This substance can cause goiter, it also causes hypothyroidism and other disorders.
Soaking seeds helps reduce goitrogens in the seeds and increase the minerals needed for a healthy thyroid.
In addition, most nuts also contain gluten and protein, which are two substances that cause indigestion when you use a lot. So soaking seeds will help gluten and protein break down, breaking them down to create simpler substances for better absorption in the body.
After what you just learned, you probably agree with me once again, we are “SHOULD” soak nutritious seedsbecause:
- Neutralize enzyme inhibitors.
- Facilitates the production of beneficial enzymes for the body.
- Removes or reduces the amount of phytic acid and tannin in the seeds.
- Increase the content of vitamins in the seeds, especially vitamin B.
- Break down gluten structure for easier digestion.
- Helps absorb protein in seeds easier.
- Prevent deficiencies of minerals (Calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc).
- Neutralize substances in the colon and keep the colon clean.
- Prevent disease and improve health.
- In addition, soaking the seeds also makes it easier to cook porridge or milk from nutritious seeds.
How to soak properly and for how long?
1. Soak seeds in the right “standard”
Before, I also thought, just put the seeds in the water to soak, but maybe not so simple. Proper soaking of seeds is also important to retain nutrients in the seeds and remove unwanted toxins.
Come on, let’s learn how to soak seeds!
We need to have:
- 2 – 3 cups of nutritious seeds (Do not soak nuts together because the size structure of the seeds is different and the soaking time for each seed is not the same).
- 4-6 cups of water to cover the seeds.
- 1 tablespoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt. (This is a new type of salt and is being sought by many people today.)
How to soak seeds:
Nuts can be soaked raw, natural or roasted, or processed in any way.
- First, we pour the seeds prepared above into a large glass bowl. Then pour in water and stir with 1 tablespoon of salt prepared above. (Note, nuts will swell to their size before soaking, so make sure to add plenty of water to keep them covered!)
- Keep the bowl of soaked seeds at room temperature and have different soaking times depending on the type of seeds. (You can continue to see the section below to know how long to soak each type of seed).
- After soaking, drain and rinse the seeds until the water is clear!
In my opinion, if you want to eat dry nuts, pay attention to the drying of nuts. It is important to note, so I need to add this item for your reference.
- Please use low heat. This is to help preserve the natural enzymes and unsaturated fatty acids present in the seeds.
- If using an oven to dry, the maximum temperature you should use should not exceed 65.5 degrees Celsius.
- The seeds can be dried naturally, put on the dewatering plate below, spread the seeds and dry until drained. (If you want to keep the seeds for a long time, make sure the seeds are completely drained to get rid of any mold bacteria waiting to grow.)
2. Seed soaking time
Depending on the different types of seeds, the time to soak the nutritious seeds is also different. The soaking process also depends on the type of grain. Soaking seeds in water or salt water is also good for seeds without fear of affecting the quality of use and absorption of nutrients into the body.
Let’s find out Nutritional seed soaking time:
|Seed soaking time
Small but good tip:
- For seeds with a long soaking time such as almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, etc., for best results, I recommend changing the water 1-2 times.
- In addition, there are also nutritious seeds NO WATER NEEDED such as macadamia nuts, pine nuts or Brazil nuts. Because of the high fat content in the seeds, soaking them in water for a long time is not good, so the seeds can be used immediately after peeling.
Is soaking seeds always necessary?
Theory and practice also need a more thorough look. I think soaking seeds It’s up to you what you use it for.
For example, chia seeds, a kind of seed that is so familiar in our diet because of the wonderful effects it brings. Also a nutritious seed, but Chia sprouts quickly in water, there are some dishes that require soaking Chia seeds before using, but some do not. Because when soaked chia seeds will create a thick and sticky mixture. Therefore, Chia is also not in the list of always soaking before use.
And considering it before using it for any purpose will help you determine when soaking is necessary and appropriate.
With my habit of rolling into the kitchen, I usually soak the seeds overnight to save my cooking time. Or there are recipes that require the seeds to be drier, I usually soak them overnight, then dry them and continue the process. So when to soak your seeds depends on your optimal outdoor conditions.
In addition, the soaking of seeds also depends on your diet. For example, if you are following a diet high in grains, eating too many unsalted seeds will prevent the body’s absorption of minerals especially zinc. Conversely, if you’re just eating it for fun or for a snack, eating unsalted nuts shouldn’t be a big deal, because phytic acid only reduces the absorption of minerals in that meal, and doesn’t. affect subsequent meals.
After soaking, not using all the nuts, how to preserve them?
If using wet seeds also makes you feel good, they can be eaten as soon as they are soaked, remember to drain and possibly divide into small portions and store them in your refrigerator.
For me, a child who likes to eat crunchy nuts will drain, dry and then roast or bake to remove moisture before using. When the seeds are dry, they can be stored in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator, and close the lid tightly after use to ensure the hygiene and crispiness of the seeds.
One question is, can seeds be kept at a cool temperature? Then you can rest assured, the cool temperature will help the seeds retain their nutrients and also prevent the rancidity of natural fats.
- Up to 3 months at room temperature.
- Up to 6 months if refrigerated.
- And 1 year if you keep it in the freezer.
– See more: 8 questions you should know when using nutraceuticals.
In a nutshell, soaking nuts is basically the same as mimicking nature and the sprouting process to stimulate nuts. Soaking seeds helps to remove bad substances, maximize the nutrients in the seeds for us to absorb in the best and most complete way. For a simple kid like me, through eating nuts and using seeds for processing, I personally found that the first soaking of seeds gives me a better taste and fatter. That’s also the reason I like to soak nutritious seeds before using.
In addition, you also need to pay attention to the soaking time for each type of seed and how to store it after soaking. Nutritional seeds are increasingly popular in Vietnam, if you have relatives or friends who are using a lot of nutritious seeds, please share them with them. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, I will “talk” to you. Let’s live healthy together!!!