Years ago, I learned from a nutritionist that the raw dried almonds I was proudly snacking on every day contain phytic acid in their skin, which makes digestion difficult and can rob the body of nutrients. Ouch!
I learned soaking decreases the amount of phytic acid and makes them way easier to digest, so your body can enjoy the benefits of protein, fiber, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc … all those good things we look for in a nutritional snack.
Although I started soaking both almonds and walnuts in water to minimize the acid, intending to dehydrate them again, they tasted so good, I preferred to eat just the way it was without dehydrating, and never looked back. Children, especially, love chewing the softer nut, which resembles its original form before they were dehydrated.
- Add about 1/4 teaspoon af salt for each cup of almonds and cover with water. Leave to soak in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
Soaked nuts remind me of when I was growing up. We ate almonds and walnuts fresh before they were ever dried! It is a delicacy that still to this day people sell at the street corners in Tehran and other cities in the Middle East, when they are in season.