Healthy Nuts

Phytic Acid Can Make Digestion Of Nuts Difficult

Phytic acid is found in nuts, beans, and grains and can deplete our bodies of many nutrients. Phytic acid is the reserved form of phosphorus and it is this phytic acid which makes the digestion of nuts difficult for our stomachs.  The minerals which are found in the digestive tract bind to the phytic acid as it comes into contact with it.  When this happens those highly dense minerals are kept from entering into our cells as needed.  This happens in everyone’s digestive tract but is especially hard on those of us who already experience a problem with a chronic disease.  Digestion is compromised in those of us with type 1 and therefore we need to be especially careful and use good judgment about our diets.  This is just one way we can ease the burden on our bodies and still enjoy this healthy snack.

To better understand phytic acid, here is a detailed article of information.

Nuts are healthy as they provide many vitamins, fats, proteins, and minerals.  Our family uses nuts for many different snacks.  They are great for children who just need a little protein pick-up in the afternoon, especially in the summer after playing outside.  These are a rich snack without sugar that you would find in sweets fruits.  Our children need protein for good brain development and nuts can supply this in a healthy manner.

 

  • The nuts I keep on hand are:
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts

These nuts should be bought raw.  Please see my Resource page for the places I order from.  I do try and buy organic as nuts have often been heavily sprayed with toxins and only do harm to our bodies.  If you will notice in my above list, I do not buy peanuts.  Peanuts are not the healthiest nut as they contain carcinogens.  If you do eat peanuts please use moderation and try to buy only organic.

Some of these nuts are used for only rare treats, for expense reasons as well as health reasons.  Pecans, macadamia, and brazil nuts are a treat and not eaten on a daily basis.  I do not buy canned soups but make my own.  I use cashews as my base in these soups.  Check the recipe section for this recipe.  If we will be out I will often take a small bowl of nuts and raisins for a homemade trail mix.  As a sweet treat, I will roast almonds or pecans with a little coconut oil and cinnamon.  You will find this recipe in the Recipe section also.

So How Do We Make Nuts A Healthier Snack?

Here is the proactive approach I take in preparing nuts so that our bodies more readily accept them and provide an easier digestion.  We call these crispy nuts.

Fill a large glass bowl with four cups of nuts.  Add one tablespoon of salt and cover with very hot water.  Soak for seven to nine hours.  Drain and put in a dehydrator at ninety-five degrees or in the oven at the lowest temperature for twelve to twenty-four hours.  I recommend a dehydrator and this is the one I have had for years.  Using a dehydrator allows the nutrients to stay in the nuts as they are dried at a low temperature.

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