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Soaking Brazil Nuts??

Answered on April 12, 2014
Created April 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I have read that Brazil Nuts do not need to be soaked (despite being the highest in phytic acid). I recently started eating 2 per day for Selenium and it would be easy to toss them in some salt water in the morning or night before to let them soak for 12+ hours.

Any problems with this? Benefits? What if I soak but don't dehydrate?

Bonus Question: soak Macadamia nuts??

Thanks!

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Well, processed wheat anyway. No one eats raw wheatberries as food. Nuts present digestible calories while most seeds need cooking.

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on April 12, 2014
at 11:04 AM

You know you're close to the crazy line when you worry about whether two nuts need to be soaked and dehydrated… because phytates! Phytates really are only an issue when a staple food contains a lot, and you're eating a very restricted diet. And, because a varied diet is a paleo rule, this shouldn't be an issue.

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There are arguments for phytates as well as against

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-phytates-phytic-acid

Personally, I don't worry about them - if in otherwise good food sources I'll eat them. And brazil nuts come into that category. While wheat doesn't...

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on April 12, 2014
at 11:30 AM

Well, processed wheat anyway. No one eats raw wheatberries as food. Nuts present digestible calories while most seeds need cooking.

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on April 11, 2014
at 09:22 PM

I don't buy into the Phytic acid issue, especially for people eating a high quality Paleo diet. Whatever minimal potential nutrient loss is made up by all the good stuff you eat and not messed up by the processed garbage. Eat and enjoy.

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