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To enhance their digestibility and maximise nourishment then yes! If it means you won’t eat nuts because you feel like it is too much admin to soak them, then of course it is fine to have a handful for afternoon tea as Email your questions for Dr Libby to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only a selection of questions can be answered.
All grains contain phytic acid in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can interfere with the absorption of calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc and iron and alter their absorption. Nuts contain enzyme inhibitors, which protect them while they are trying to grow.
They are effectively kept in a ‘‘hibernation’’ state until they are in the optimal conditions to grow. The enzyme inhibitors are there to protect but in some instances they can cause discomfort and digestive issues upon consumption.
By soaking and/or sprouting nuts and seeds, you eliminate the enzyme inhibitors and increase your absorption of the nutrients contained within them.
Portion sizes in the United States tend to be on the large size.