Almonds are an uber-healthful, filling snack, jammed packed with real protein, fiber, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Lots of raw food enthusiast always tell others how important almonds are to a balanced diet, but it is harder to get them to expound on why soaking almonds can unlock more health benefits, making them easier to digest. Soaking all tree nuts — especially almonds, since they aren’t botanically a tree nut but a seed — keeps you healthy by elevating the vitamins and nutrients your body absorbs from the food, creating a straightforward and efficient process to unlock the treasures inside this healthy seed.

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  1. My wife always tells me to soak almonds, I need to listen to her more the women is a genius…

  2. Thanks for talking about hte difference between soaking and sprouting. But, I thought it was impossible to find almonds that will sprout now, because of recent changes to the law that requires them to be be pasteurized while still retaining the “raw’ designation? I buy the organic raw almonds at Trader Joe’s and they used to sprout, but no more.

    • I started buying the bag at Sam’s Club before I knew about soaking and sprouting. Then before I realized they must be raw, to sprout, I started soaking and sprouting them. They aren’t advertised as raw, and don’t mention pasteurization either. Yet, they clearly are sprouting. So I guess there are exceptions?

  3. How does soaking them overnight, then draining and putting in the fridge differ from sprouting them, by which seems to me to be the same method? Do you add more water after rinsing them?

  4. Maybe Vegitarian(?)

    I’m curious – I don’t have a glass bowl, and I don’t know if my other bowls are BPA-free. How will I know?

  5. BPA is in plastic, not Glass, glass bowls should be sterilized in boiling water for ten minutes.

  6. Your article fails to mention that truly raw almonds are not available in the US (except at California farm stands). This is because of legislation by the California Almond board (headed by the largest commercial producers) and the USDA. This was done without public comment or notice. The whole undertaking was the result of two outbreaks of salmonella traced back to domestic commercial, large-scale producers. The rule requires that ALL “raw” almonds be sterilized by either steam or chemicals. Today, the vast majority of commercial, non-organic “raw” almonds are sterilized with propylene oxide; a suspected carcinogen. Most organic producers who sterilize their raw almonds use steam. One can legally buy domestic organic almonds directly from California growers’ farm stands only. They cannot be shipped out of state in the US; though they can be legally exported. The only truly organic raw almonds that consumers can legally purchase right now, country-wide, are imported.

    The sterilization processes really denatures almonds for the purpose of sprouting as their valuable enzymes are destroyed or compromised. This spoils much of the nutritional benefits of the sprouted seed. Further, propylene oxide is a chemical that is potentially dangerous; and in my view should not be used in food products. It has been used in racing fuels in the past, though some organizations have banned its use due to the carcinogenicity.
    Though steam is a much more preferable alternative, it too has the potential to denature the nutritional aspects of the food; especially when sprouting. You can’t really “sprout” a sterilized seed and it is therefore not really “raw”

    In my view, all this should not be necessary in organic raw almonds. To my knowledge, problems have never been traced to organic almonds. A great deal of this type of legislation is done to accommodate the largest commercial producers and their production practices. Just as in meat production; the production practices are what produces the problems that require the use of antibiotics. Plainly, economies of scale have a steep cost.

    If you want to see changes in this you must contact your legislators and share your views. If you value good food, contact one or more of the following: Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute, The Institute for Responsible Technology, Natural News. …………There are others, but just start somewhere.

    • Thanks for the info !

    • Greg is completely right. I did my research on this after a friend told me about the pateurization laws & I was blown away. In the US, even nuts labeled “raw” aren’t truly raw. Luckily, I live in CA & I just started buying directly from the farmer. I have a friend who bought some from Spain or something though. Can you imagine buying almonds from Spain? This is what the FDA & big gov.’t has done to our country that has acres & acres of beautiful nut trees. We have the right to buy real raw nuts if we want! Just as we have the right to buy raw, unpasteurized milk (illegal in some states). Maybe if hemp wasn’t illegal my hemp protein wouldn’t be so expensive!

  7. I just purchased raw almonds from a California farm online. They can be shipped out of state if as a consumer you buy them online. I haven’t particularly liked the European raw almonds and they’re more expensive.

    If this was plagiarized someone should notify live strong.

  8. I believe the mastication process pretty much removes the skin from the almonds i crunch thru ! ??
    Whats the fuss on washing additionally ?

  9. Really interesting article overall.

    @ Greg – thanks for this really important info

  10. I bought sprouted almonds from Whole Foods….do I still need to soak them?

  11. Thanks for the information, I only have one question: does the almond have to be in one piece to release the enzymes? I ask this because I often make almond milk in the blender, and wonder if I should soak them before, or just start blending and leave it suspended in the machine for a while before giving it a last spin and filter it..

  12. I soak raw almonds at room temperature for at least 24 hours with the skin on. Then I peel off the skin once done.

  13. Thanks for sharing the hows and whys of this important detail. I notice that many raw recipes often neglect to indicate that nuts, especially almonds should be soaked.

  14. I haven’t found almonds yet that sprouts. I have been buying almonds
    and they have all been terrible after I soak them. contact HealthWorks on Instagram pre

  15. I like soaked almonds because the skin peals off. I don’t like almond skin.

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  17. Isn’t that like cheating on a diet? Whom do you hurt when you cheat?

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