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Activation – Why & How.
Why Activate Seeds and Nuts?
You’ve probably heard of ‘activated’ nuts & seeds by now (most health shops have them), but you may still be wondering what makes them so special (& why they’re so darn expensive)! Well they’re special because of what happens when moisture gets into seeds – (Or into many nuts, grains, beans & legumes). Botanical classifications aside, almost all of these ‘reproductive plant products’ will completely change when you add water. If you think about it, seeds are designed to stay dormant & wait – sealed & protected, until the time is right for them to germinate. This gives their species the best chance of survival & spreading, allowing seeds to grow new plants to produce new seeds etc etc. The cycle of life :)
When we eat a raw nut / seed / grain / legume (without pre-soaking it), we’re going to be fighting the seeds’ inbuilt protection mechanisms to try & digest it. They contain enzyme-inhibitors and phytic acid, which can hinder the digestive process and bind to minerals in our digestive tract, leading to poor digestion and nutrient absorption and often varying degrees of digestive discomfort.
Soaking Seeds and Nuts
Trigger the germination process, thus inactivating the enzyme inhibitors and stimulating enzymatic activity within the seed. The phytic acid is also neutralised to some degree. Even the nutritional profile will be increased as vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids become much more available to digest and absorb. This explains why so many sensitive people can tolerate ‘activated’ nuts etc, but react badly to their non-activated counterparts.
How to Activate Seeds and Nuts
To gain the most nutritionally from your goodMix, simply moisten, mix and leave overnight (8hrs is the optimal soak time for most of the goodMix ingredients which require soaking).
Use the following ratio of seed:water: 1/2 cup of seed:3 tablespoons of water.
There is no need to drain the water as the seeds will absorb it all into themselves, provided it’s well mixed. You will wake up to a bowl of lovely moist, plump goodMix that’s bursting with enzymes, which will be much easier to chew, digest & absorb, and much more nutritious :)