What’s the hype with activated nuts?
For the past year, I have heard the term activated nuts by notable health and fitness influencers and I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I would search all the health stores and there were no activated nuts to be found. I took matters into my own hands and did some research to figure out what is the deal with nuts that have been “activated”.
What does it mean to activate nuts? Activated nuts have been soaked in water and salt for a period of time, which starts off the germination or sprouting process, then dehydrated at a low temperature.
Now what’s the importance of activated nuts? Nuts contain a substance called phytic acid. Phytic acid impairs the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium and may promote mineral deficiencies. When you soak your nuts and seeds, it reduces the phytic content.
Me being curious, I decided to activate some nuts myself. I activated a few of my favorite nuts, almonds, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, and pumpkin seeds.
How to activate your nuts
Place nut of choice in a container and cover with water
Add 2 teaspoons of salts and apple cider vinegar (optional)
Cover the mixture and let it soak over night (about 10-14 hours)
After soaking, pour nuts in a strainer and rinse and towel dry
Spread nuts on a baking sheet (if you have a dehydrator place on dehydrator rack)
Dry in the dehydrator up to 24 hours
If drying in an oven, make sure the oven set to a low temperature (no more than 150F) and stir occasionally for about an hour or until the nuts are dry.