Benefits of eating soaked nuts: Here's a deliciously nutty milkshake

When soaked, nuts become not only more tender but also tastier. Photo: Shutterstock/Bralnina

Nuts are usually soaked overnight before consumption. But, is there any truth in the belief that soaking nuts is good for health? Do the taste and health benefits get enhanced when nuts are soaked?

Weakens anti-nutrients
Anti-nutrients, which are phytic acids, interfere with the body’s ability to absorb essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. But when nuts are soaked, the anti-nutrients in them are weakened and it becomes easier for the body to assimilate the minerals.

Enhances aroma, texture
When soaked, nuts become not only more tender but also tastier. Soaked nuts can be blended with some curries. It is easier to grind soaked nuts and it also enhances the aroma and taste.

Aids digestion
The enzyme inhibitors and phytic acids present in nuts act as obstacles to digestion. They also prevent the speedy absorption of nutrients. But when nuts are soaked overnight, these compounds get neutralised. The result is that the digestive process becomes smoother.

Reduces potency
Soaking nuts will reduce their potency which helps to digest them in any weather condition.

A treat with dates, almonds, and nuts
What if children, who do not like to eat soaked nuts and almonds are treated to a milkshake with them? It is a delicious creamy drink that kids will love. Below is the recipe: 

¼ cup warm milk
10 dates
15 almond
10 cashew nut
2 cups cool milk
1 tbsp khus khus (poppy seeds)
A little nuts chopped into small pieces

Soak the dates, almonds, and cashews in warm milk
Add the cool milk to it and blend them in a mixie
Serve after garnishing it with the nut pieces and khus khus
Relish the yummy, healthy shake

The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.