Why activate almonds?

Why activate almonds?

Why activate almonds?

You have probably heard the word ‘activated’ buzzing around in the health world in the last few years, but you may not actually know what it means, except that ‘it is apparently meant to be good for you’!! So what is all the hype about…

Activating or sprouting as it is more commonly known in the US, refers to a process whereby the foods, primarily nuts, grains, seeds and legumes are soaked for 12-24 hours in water, which starts the germination or sprouting process. The main purpose of this process is to reduce or neutralise the natural toxins including enzyme inhibitors (interact with enzymes and stop them working in their normal manner) and phytates, which act as natures own defense mechanism and are naturally found in the outer layer of the nut or seed.

As we all know, almonds are a rich source of important nutrients including healthy fats, protein, vitamin E and zinc however they also have rather high levels of these natural toxins which can interfere with the bodies ability to absorb these important nutrients. In particular phytates decrease the bodies ability to access and absorb calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Long term exposure to high levels of phytates can lead to nutrient deficiencies which can affect our health in many ways. At Luz we want to promote health through the goodness of nature so we ensure we activate our almonds, so we can provide you with a premium product that is packed with nutrients, which your body can readily access!