Almost all of us believe that nuts should be soaked first before eating in order to get their full nutritional benefits. Is that true?
Generally, almonds are soaked overnight and are peeled in the morning before consumption. These nuts offer minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and calcium.
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What about vitamins? They contain vitamin E. Almonds also offer fiber, omega fatty acids and proteins also. Now, let us discuss why they must be soaked....
The skin of the almonds contains tannin. Its is an enzyme-inhibitor. What does it do? It may get in the way of nutrient-absorption.
When you soak it, you can remove the peel or the skin. And when you eat it like that, your stomach acids will be able to digest the nutrients in it.
Try to chew an almond without soaking. The skin tastes bad and the nut is difficult to chew. But after soaking, it gets softer and the skin can be removed.
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If you have the habit of mixing almonds with milk, soaked almonds can be crushed or ground and mixed easily. Raw un-soaked almonds don't mix well with milk and don't give you the taste.
Soaked almonds are also said to regulate stomach acids when you eat them in the morning. That can reduce acidity and prevent acid reflux too.
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Soaked almonds are said to offer folic acid which is said to be an important nutrient for pregnant mothers.
Some sources also say that the skin of the almonds may reduce zinc and iron absorption too.
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Are raw un-soaked almonds bad? No, but soaking process can enhance its benefits.
One small benefit of eating it with its peel is that the fibre in the peel reaches the colon and becomes food for bacteria which is a good thing too.