Raw vs. Soaked Almonds
Almonds are rich in vitamins and nutrients and have become more popular as a snack in recent years. However, Almonds have a long rich history. They were initially cultivated in Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey and later started to spread out to Europe, China and Mediterranean region.
Almonds are rich in nutrients such as vitamin E, dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids and proteins. Due to high protein levels it keeps you full for longer and they are rich in manganese which helps strengthen bones and regulate blood sugar.
Soaked almonds have three distinct advantages over Raw almonds. Firstly, the brown peel of the almonds contain tannin which inhibits nutrient absorption. Once soaked it's easy to peel the brown outer coating. Secondly, soaking almonds helps in releasing enzyme lipase which in turn help with digestion. “One other important benefit is that soaked almonds are not as hard on teeth as a result they do not cause the same teeth fractures as raw almonds,” says Dr. Kourosh Maddahi Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist and founder of Oral Essentials.
The best way to soak almonds is to take a handful and soak in half a cup of water for 8 hours. Drain the water and store in a plastic container. They stay fresh for about a week.
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