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Why Soaked Almonds are Better Than Raw Almonds

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One of the most nutritious of all nuts, almonds are a delicious source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Almonds are gluten free, and can be prepared in a multitude of ways. Almonds are also the least acid-forming of all nuts, which is why they are the only nut recommended in the beginning stages of the Body Ecology Diet. Almonds are considered the ‘superfood’ because of their unbelievable nutrient profile. They’re high on protein so they keep you full for longer and they’re rich in manganese which helps strengthen bones and regulate blood sugar. They’re extremely helpful for those with blood pressure problems and also help muscle and nerve function. Since correcting digestion is key to your health, it’s also important to know how to prepare, combine and eat foods so that you can create energy and vitality. It’s no different with almonds.
Why Do You Soak Almonds?
The general consensus of alternative medicine is to soak and sprout nuts and seeds to unleash their full nutritional value by activating their enzymes.
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Soaking almonds increases the amount of nutrients and vitamins your body absorbs from the food, making it a simple and effective way to improve this healthy nut. The brown, rough skin contains a certain enzyme inhibitor that is meant to protect the seed until it has the perfect conditions for germination. Our body cannot breakdown this enzyme-inhabiting compound, not only making the digestion of almonds difficult, but also restricting your body from absorbing its nutrients.
How To Soak Almonds?
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Soak a handful of almonds in half a cup of water. Cover them and allow them to soak for 8 hours. Drain the water, peel off the skin and refrigerate them in plastic container. These soaked almonds will last you for about a week.
What’s Great About Sprouted Almonds?
Sprouting almonds is even better, nutritionally, than soaking. Sprouting does all that soaking does, and even more. Sprouting almonds makes the lipase in almonds available for digestion. Lipase is an enzyme which helps break down body fat.
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How To Sprout Almonds?
Soak almonds overnight for 10 to 12 hours, After 10 to 12 hours you remove the almonds from the water, rinse them, and place them on a wet towel for 12 hours. After 12 hours you will see white spots at the tip of the almond indicating that it has sprouted. It generally takes between one and three days for the almonds to sprout.
Benefits Of Soaked Almonds
1. Digestion
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Soaked almonds are known to help greatly in improving a person’s digestive system. Soaking almonds helps in releasing enzymes which in turn help with digestion. In a study published in the Journal of Food Science, it was found that eating raw, soaked almonds helped empty the stomach faster and also made digesting proteins easier. Also, soaking deactivates the enzyme inhibiting compound and initiates the release of an essential lipase that helps in the proper breakdown of fat.
2. Weight-loss
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Eat soaked almonds regularly to help hasten the process of weight loss. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders adding almonds into one’s low calorie diet was extremely beneficial in weight loss. The monounsaturated fats in almonds curb your appetite and keep you full. Not only did the nut help improve digestion and reduce cravings, but it also beat symptoms of metabolic syndrome — a major factor in obesity.
3. Healthy Heart
Almonds are very potent antioxidant agents that prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This property of the nut helps protect the heart and entire cardiovascular system from damage and the ill-effects of oxidative stress. In other words they reduce bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) and increase good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein). If you suffer from any form of heart disease, try including almonds in your diet to stay healthy.
4. Antioxidants
Manganese is an antioxidant that can help protect the body from bacterial and viral infection. Vitamin E present in soaked almonds works as an antioxidant which inhibits free radical damage that prevents ageing and inflammation.
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5. Controls High Blood Pressure
These nuts are great for your blood pressure too. Scientists found that eating an almond rich diet helped increases the amount of alpha tocopherol in the blood, a compound that is key in maintaining one’s blood pressure. The study also found that eating almonds on a regular basis brought down a person’s blood pressure significantly (indicating a therapeutic effect on hypertension) and was especially effective in men between the age of 30 and 70. They also help in lowering and maintaining glucose levels.
6. Growth Of An Unborn Child
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They are a great source of folic acid – an essential vitamin for the proper development of the foetus’s brain and neurological system and reduces birth defects. Moreover, when the almonds are soaked they become much easier to digest, helping a pregnant woman’s already sluggish digestive system absorb all its essential nutrients.
Apart from these benefits, soaked almonds also help to fight cancer as they contain Vitamin B17 which is vital for fighting cancer. The flavonoid present in almonds suppresses tumour growth.