Nuts can sometimes be difficult to digest and feel heavy.

There’s a technique I use that not only makes nuts easier to digest, it makes it easier for your body to absorb the maximum nutritional value from the nuts.

It also happens to be extremely easy to do, which is always a bonus.

So what is it?

Soaking them.

Most nuts have digestive enzyme inhibitors that are there to prevent you from digesting the nut. If the nut is digested by you or any other creature, it can’t grow into a tree, so the digestive enzyme inhibitors protect it. The easiest and simplest way to neutralize these compounds is to soak the nuts.

When you soak them, nuts naturally shed the digestive enzyme inhibitors as they get ready to sprout. This makes them much easier to digest and makes the other nutrients in the nuts more bio-available so that your body can more easy absorb and use them.

You’ll want to use raw nuts. Once nuts have been roasted, the oils in them have gone rancid. Rancid oils are one of the biggest sources of free radicals, which can lead to cellular damage and have even been linked to several chronic illnesses.

Here are some tips for soaking nuts:

  • Ideally you want to soak most nuts for 6-8 hours (e.g. overnight or while you’re at work)
  • If you don’t have 6-8 hours, even a couple of hours will make a big difference
  • You want to use raw nuts or nuts that have not been roasted
  • Softer nuts (e.g. cashews, macadamia nuts) don’t need quite as long, a few hours is plenty for these
  • Soak the nuts in clean water
  • When done soaking, rinse them thoroughly (the digestive enzyme inhibitors are now in the water so you don’t want to use the water)

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Short version: Soaking nuts makes them easier to digest and helps you get the most benefit out them.