Sprouted seeds and nuts germinate in a warm, moist environment over the course of 3-7 days. They can be consumed fresh, or dehydrated (low-temperature dried).
Documentation indicates this process goes back as far as 3,000 BCE in China, and in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.
The Benefits Of Sprouted Seeds And Nuts
1. Easier To Digest
Sprouting breaks down the seed or nut, meaning less work for the digestive system. Sensitive guts in particular may enjoy the benefits of sprouted foods; they tend to be less allergenic for people that react to grain proteins. Sprouting also deactives lectins, which can cause digestive issues.
2. Increased Nutritional Availability
Sprouting seeds and nuts also increases nutritional availability, a great choice for anyone who may struggle breaking down food.
3. Supports Alkalinity
The body tends to run best when it's slightly alkaline; if it's too acidic, inflammation and other health issues can present themselves. Soaking and germinating seeds and nuts increases their pH to a more alkaline state, supporting the body's overall balance.
MindBodyGreen.com "Why You Should Start Sprouting Your Nuts Today" found here.
WebMd.com "Should You Sprout Your Food?" found here.