Ask the Diet Doctor: Should I Soak Nuts, Seeds, and Grains?

The answer may help you absorb more nutrients from snacks and meals.

Q: Do I need to soak nuts, seeds, and grains before eating them to remove anti-nutrients?

A: Soaking these foods in water for 12 is 24 hours is a common strategy to reduce their phytic acid content. Phytic acid is often pitched as a nutrition boogey man of sorts, preventing the absorption of key nutrients with growth-stunting consequences in third-world countries.

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