Low Protein Food
and Enzyme Inhibitors

nuts for soaking

Low protein food like nuts contain enzyme inhibitors that should be deactivated before eating nuts, so that your body can enjoy the health benefits of nuts.  And you can even learn how to make nut milk to enjoy in your smoothies or ice creams.

The health benefits of nuts include high amounts of certain minerals, healthy unsaturated fats, and certain amino acids.  However, low protein food like nuts are almost always incomplete proteins.

Still eating nuts can be a great addition to your diet, but nuts should be properly soaked first to remove anti-nutrients like enzyme inhibitors.  Another problematic anti-nutrient that nuts contain is called phytic acid.  Grains also contain a large amount of this mineral blocker.

Enzyme Inhibitors and Phytic Acid

Phytic acid binds to important minerals such as magnesium, calcium, copper, and iron in your intestinal tract.  This will block their absorption and prevent your body from receiving these minerals.

However, nut's biggest obstacle is having high amounts of enzyme inhibitors which prevent your body from accessing nut's proteins.

The purpose of phytic acids and enzyme inhibitors are to prevent seeds and nuts from sprouting prematurely.  This feature is what helps you to store nuts for a pretty long period of time.

However, eating nuts that contain these anti-nutrients will lead to mineral deficiencies and digestive distress.

Health Benefits of Nuts

  • Lowers your Risk of Heart Disease
  • Contains Antioxidants
  • Contains a Different Variety of Amino Acids
  • Mainly Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats
  • Source of Fiber
  • Good source of Vitamin E and B Vitamins
  • Known for Containing Minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Manganese, and Copper

Soaking Nuts before Eating Nuts

Soaking nuts in warm salty water will deactivate these enzyme inhibitors and remove phytic acid in this low protein food aka incomplete protein food.  This process starts the sprouting process and enables nut's protein to be available for absorption by your body.

  • Soaking nuts not only increases the protein content of nuts, but also increases the amount of B vitamins.
  • Soak your nuts for a period of 7 hours to overnight for the best results and some nuts may need to be soaked for at least 12 hours.

Use your soaked nuts in a variety of ways such as making nut milks, in raw desserts, or in Vegan smoothies.

Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions contains recipes for properly soaking nuts and drying them.

Dehydrating or drying soaked nuts in your oven will offer you a supply for recipes calling for nuts as well as for eating nuts whenever you want to enjoy the health benefits of nuts.

Making Nut Milk with a Nut Milk Bag

  1. Add 1 cup soaked nuts and 2-3 cups water into a Good Blender
  2. Add vanilla, salt, favorite sweetener, etc.
  3. Blend at high speed for about 1 minute or until well blended
  4. Strain milk with a Nut Milk Bag
  5. Store in a glass container with a lid in your refrigerator (keeps for about 3 days)

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