Besides being easy and delicious snacks, nuts and seeds are highly nutritious as well, since they provide our bodies with the necessary fibre, healthy fats and nutrients.

However, if you like to consume roasted nuts, make sure you consume them dried and raw, since roasting can make them go rancid and cause some side effects too. Also, most companies use cheap oils to produce the roasted nuts.

If you still want them roasted, then it is better to roast them at home, on your own.

In order to get the full benefit of the nuts and seeds you should activate them. The process of activation involves soaking them in water for couple of hours or letting them stay overnight.

Seeds and nuts are rich in phytic acid, which is the storage form of phosphorus found in plants. Phytic acid also makes the absorption of some minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and manganese unavailable in the digestive tract.

The regular consumption of foods rich in phytic acid increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and mineral deficiency.

That is why you should learn how to activate the nuts and seeds if you enjoy consuming them every day.

The enzyme known as phytase exists in the bodies of some animals and it breaks up the phytic acid. Therefore, we should implement sprouting, soaking or fermenting before consuming the nuts and seeds in order to neutralize the phytic acid and use all the minerals and nutrients from them.

Nuts also contain some enzymes inhibitors, which prevent their premature sprouting. In the wild, nuts and seeds wait for the necessary warmth and moisture before they germinate.

The inhibitors deactivate and clog up the activity of the enzyme, thus preventing the sprouting and making the nuts hard to digest.

The activation process reduces the levels of the phytic acid, and switches off the enzyme’s inhibitors thus making the absorption of nuts available. When you soak the dried nuts, they receive a signal that it is time for germination and the process of sprouting starts.

If you enjoy eating nuts every day, you can activate them either in batches or on a daily basis.

Here is how to activate them

Put two cups of nuts and seeds into a large bowl. Note that hemp and chia seeds do not need to be activated.

Next, add filtrated water to cover them. Make sure they fully submerge in the water with about two inches of water on the top. Then add two teaspoons of sea salt and let them stay for 7-12 hours.

Cashews need to soak for 3-5 hours and almonds 12-14.

Afterward, strain off the water and wash the seeds/nuts. Place them on cookie sheet or dehydration racks and let them dry in an oven at 65degreec C or 150 degrees F.

To prevent spoilage, make sure they are completely dry. When they are dry store them in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. Now they are ready for consumption.