Why soaked almonds are good for you

Ritu Puri

December 17, 2021

Have you ever wondered why you soak almonds before eating them? Almonds are a healthy, savory snack, packed with protein, fiber and Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. Soaking them before eating has several health benefits – for starters, it makes it easier to digest the nut. It also increases the amount of nutrients and vitamins your body absorbs from it.

The brown skin of an almond contains an enzyme inhibitor that protects the nut until proper levels of sunlight and moisture allow it to germinate. It is only under these conditions that the nut releases its enzymes. So if you eat almonds without removing this inhibitor, you are limiting the nutrients your body can actually absorb from the nut. They also remain difficult to digest. But by soaking almonds, you provide the moisture that can help the almond shed its skin and release its enzymes.

Read more: 9 Nutrition-Based Health Benefits of Almonds

Here is why almonds are good for you:

#1 Helps in weight loss

Almonds are rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fats, which are great for lowering bad cholesterol. Also, monounsaturated fats harness appetite. So eating soaked almonds can prevent overeating and, in turn, helps weight loss.

#2 Minimizes risk of cancer

The low level of saturated fats and high levels of vitamin E that almonds contain reduce cancer risk. Plus the nut also contains flavonoids that have the ability to suppress prostate tumors and breast cancer.

#3 Good for the heart

Almonds can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, and soaked almonds help increase High-density Lipoproteins (HDL) and reduce the level of Low-density Lipoproteins (LDP). This helps control cholesterol levels, which is good for the heart.

The nut also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of heart diseases; folic acid, which helps reduce homocysteine levels that minimize the risk of clogged arteries, and magnesium, which can prevent heart attacks.

Soaking almonds also reduce C-reactive protein, minimizing inflammation that damages arteries.

#4 Controls diabetes and blood pressure

Soaked almonds, when consumed along with a low-calorie diet, lower levels of blood sugar, insulin, and sodium, and boost levels of magnesium and protective antioxidants, thus controlling diabetes and blood pressure.

#5 Beneficial for pregnant women

The main reason that pregnant women are advised to eat soaked almonds is that the folic acid present in almonds reduces the chances of birth defects in newborns significantly.

To ensure you maximize its health benefits, soak 2 cups of water per ½ cup almonds. Sprouting the almonds – by soaking them overnight, draining, and then leaving them to sprout for a few days – is an even better way to draw out the nut nutrients.

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About the Author

Ritu, who battled weight issues, acne and other health issues as an adolescent, managed to overcome these problems through changes in diet and lifestyle. Her success prompted her to pursue the subject professionally, leading her to a BSc in Home Science followed by an MSc in Food and Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. Ritu completed a training programme with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) before working with Fortis Hospital, and the Nutrition Foundation of India. Serving as a Sr. Nutritionist at HealthifyMe, she aims to help her clients to make small changes in their lifestyle that will positively impact their health.

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5 responses to “Why soaked almonds are good for you”

  1. Very nice blog.Almonds are very good for the health.Thanks for sharing this useful information.

  2. Yes you are right. Almonds are very usefull for us. Thank you for sharing this wonderfull article.

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