Nuts and seeds are rich in nutrients that are essential to life, sucha as vitamins, minerals, fiber and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6). If you prepare the nuts and seeds you will get the best of the best. Buy raw nuts and seeds and soak them in water overnight. The soaking will start the germination process, which makes the nuts and seeds much more nutritious. Their nutrients will be more readily available. Another important benefit from the soaking process is that nuts and seeds become easier to digest.
Soaking nuts and seeds in water neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and can increase vitamin B, C and carotenes (pre-vitamin A). The soaking also neutralizes qhytic acid that inhibits absorpiton of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. Complex sugars are broken down from soaking and a portion of the starch in the seed is transformed into simpler sugars. Aflotoxins are also inactivated.
If you are one of those thinking that nuts are unhealthy because they are high in fat, then you should know that they mostly contain heart-healthy unsaturated fat and may help lower “bad” cholesterol. The fat, protein and fiber in nuts also help you feel full longer. Just limit your portion to a healthy handful. Some great choices include almonds, cashews, flaxseeds (ground), peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.