Sprouted Nuts – The Best Add-On to Your Regular Diet
Most of us know what sprouts are – grains and legumes that are soaked overnight so that they germinate – and we understand the nutrient value and benefits they bring. But have you ever considered sprouted nuts?
Just like grains, nuts that are soaked in water until they begin to germinate are called sprouted nuts. They’re hugely popular these days and are consumed especially by vegans and raw food enthusiasts. Several sources claim that sprouting specific legumes and grains aids in enhancing their vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. Moreover, sprouting also breaks down the harmful elements such as phytic acids in them.
Research suggests the inclusion of sprouted nuts in the everyday diet for optimum health. But how beneficial is it really to have sprouted nuts on a daily basis? Join us as we find out.
Why are commercial sprouted nuts better than homemade ones?
The usual method to sprout nuts takes around 3 to 12 hours and requires a damp environment. This specific atmosphere is mandatory because, unlike roasted nuts, sprouted nuts are prone to a high risk of bacterial infection.
Most often, people sprout nuts at home for their regular use but when we consider commercial sprouted nuts, they’re made in a sterile environment. Moreover, before being sold, such nuts are dehydrated and mixed with preservatives to prevent food-borne risks. This is why scientists don’t suggest homemade sprouted nuts, for there’s a high chance of mold developing over them.
How nutritious are sprouted nuts?
While some sources claim that after sprouting the nutrient content of the nut gets increased, it isn’t scientifically proved.
To find the effects of sprouting, a study was conducted over nuts divided into three groups:
- Nuts saturated in a salt solution for 12 hours
- Nuts soaked in water for 12 hours
This study’s result showed that the sprouting process (soaking in water) reduces overall mineral content but doesn’t change the phytate amount. So speaking strictly scientifically, there’s not much of a difference as far sprouting nuts are concerned; the differences can clearly be seen in the case of grains and legumes though.
What are the common types of sprouted nuts?
Any grocery store that sells sprouted legumes and grains will mostly have nuts as well, but even if they don’t, online shopping always works. Some of the general sprouted nuts are:
Note: Walnuts and pecans can’t be sprouted fully since their outer shell provides hindrance.
How long do sprouted nuts last?
Unlike raw nuts, sprouted varieties have a smaller shelf life and should be eaten within a few days. But the commercial sprouted nuts come with a longer expiration date, and with proper refrigerating, you can save them from going stale.
To wrap it up
Sprouted nuts contain less gluten and other allergens and this aids digestion while also enhancing their taste. If nothing else, they can be included in the diet for this reason alone.
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