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Ayurveda suggests soaking nuts for six-eight hours before consumption

Unless specifically directed otherwise by a doctor, nuts should be included in the diet since they are packed with several health benefits. However, considering the nutritional composition of nuts, many people end up bingeing on them. But is it suggested?

We all believe that nibbling on

nuts is healthful

. Vitamin E, calcium, selenium, copper, magnesium, and riboflavin are all abundant in nuts. They are also abundant in B vitamins including folate, niacin, and thiamine, as well as iron, potassium, and zinc. It is therefore beneficial for us to consume them daily, but there are certain doubts. Due to their high content of fibre, protein, and good fats, nuts should only be consumed in moderation. Thus, Ayurveda suggests soaking nuts for six-eight hours before consumption.

How much (quantity) should we eat of them? Is eating them in excess healthy? Can everyone eat nuts? What is the best way to eat them? When is the best time to eat them? These are certain questions that come to our minds.

Let us go on to the answers to all these queries so you can determine whether you should consume nuts (or not), how often, how much, and when.

Here is everything you need to know about nuts:

Nuts are heavy to digest, according to Ayurveda, because they are hot in potency (Ushna Virya) and contain a lot of nutritious fat, protein, and fibre.

Soak them for 6 to 8 hours before eating whenever possible. In addition to removing tannins or phytic acid, soaking nuts reduces Ushnata (heat) and makes it easier for us to absorb the nutrients they contain.

If you fail to soak them, simply dry roast them before eating. It is significantly more favourable than eating them uncooked.

How much (quantity) should we eat of them?

A daily serving of one ounce, or about as much as fits in the palm of your hand, of nuts, is beneficial for those with ideal digestive function, regular activity, adequate hydration, and no diseases.

Is eating them in excess healthy?

As nuts are 80% fat, bingeing on them can result in indigestion, heaviness in the tummy, heat difficulties, diarrhoea, weight gain, and loss of appetite. Deter from bingeing.

What time of day is best for consuming them?

Having them first thing in the morning or as a midday or evening snack is the optimum time to eat them (keeps cravings at bay).

Can everyone eat nuts?

Nuts should be avoided until digestion is better for anyone with poor gut health, digestive problems, bloating, acidity, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), severe diarrhoea, IBS, ulcerative colitis, and nut allergies.

For the above mentioned reasons, our Ayurvedic experts at Birla Ayurveda suggest soaking nuts for six-eight hours before consumption.

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