Do You Know Why Ayurveda Advises To Soak Nuts Before Consumption
- Harshita Malhotra
Updated : June 17, 2022 11:06 IST
Dry fruits and nuts are a package of healthy protein, fats and fibres.
Dry fruits make for a delicious and nutritious snack since they are high in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. In addition to boosting immunity and preventing lifestyle disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol, these dried fruits are a good source of vitamins and proteins. The majority of dried fruits are edible and delectable in addition to being rich in minerals, proteins, fibre, and vitamins. For daily snacking, dry fruits provide a great and healthful replacement. The essential oils, proteins, potassium, and calcium included in dry fruits aid to boost immunity. Additionally, the antioxidants in it can aid in your ability to fend against numerous diseases and infections. As per Dr Dixa, an Ayurvedic practitioner, having dry fruits every day is healthy for us but since it contains a lot of healthy fats, protein and fibre, it is important to be mindful about how much we're consuming them.
How much should we eat them?
Having a handful of nuts is considered healthy for those people who have the good digestive capacity, exercise daily and drink enough water. As they say, excess of everything is bad, binging on nuts can cause indigestion, heaviness in the abdomen, heat issues, diarrhoea, weight gain and lack of appetite as it contains 80% fat. Dr Dixa advises not to binge nuts as it can cause these illnesses.
What is the right way of their consumption?
According to Ayurveda, nuts get digested heavily as they contain good amounts of healthy protein, fibre and fat. They are also hot in potency (ushna virya). As per Dr Dixa, whenever you eat nuts soak them before for 6-8 hours. Soaking reduces its heat ( ushnata) and removes phytic or tannins which makes it easy for us to absorb their nutrients. If you forget to soak them, just dry roast them and then consume them. It is much more beneficial to them this way rather than eating raw.
When should you consume them?
The best time to consume them is in the morning when your empty stomach or as a mid-day/evening snack.
Can everyone consume them?
As per her, people with poor gut health, digestive issues, bloating, acidity, GERD, IBS, severe diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis and allergy to nuts should avoid them.