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From: Michelle A (
Subject: Re: pre-soaking nuts/seeds??
Date: June 22, 2005 at 10:46 am PST

In Reply to: pre-soaking nuts/seeds?? posted by ric on June 22, 2005 at 9:18 am:

If you enjoy the taste of soaked seeds and nuts, there's nothing wrong with soaking them. But the enzyme inhibitor theory is flawed and not applicable to human digestion. Soaking simply activates the enzymes required to stimulate germination. This doesn't have an effect on ease of digestion in the human stomach.

The enzyme inhibitors are not set up to function as inhibitors to digestion, and whether or not they are in activated or not activated is a moot point. They are set up to inhibit germination, a completely different function than digestion.

Most nuts that people soak are completely sterile anyways, due to heat and long periods of storage.

Higher water content foods tend to be easier to in that regards, if you find that nuts are an effort to digest, it might be worth a try to soak them. Just as dried fruit is easier to digest once its soaked, dried nuts are too. Again, this has nothing to do with enzyme inhibitors, it's simply the water content.

The best nuts of all are those fresh off the tree.....still moist, juicy, watery, and crisp. Those are the easiest to digest of all, and they have not been soaked.

Since we only digest the surface area of nuts, the amount we chew our food is of prime importance. Unsoaked nuts chewed 100 times will digest with far greater ease than soaked nuts chewed only 20 times.

Blended nuts, as in a dressing or sauce, digest best of all.

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