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Beat bloat by soaking your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes!

April 12, 2021

Beat bloat by soaking your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes! Ever notice that you are a little gassy and bloated after eating nuts, seeds, grains or legumes? Some gas from these foods is normal but if its in excess, you may 1. need to address a digestive imbalance and/or 2. focus on how you are […]

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Beat bloat by soaking your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes!

Ever notice that you are a little gassy and bloated after eating nuts, seeds, grains or legumes? Some gas from these foods is normal but if its in excess, you may 1. need to address a digestive imbalance and/or 2. focus on how you are preparing these foods. 

Why?

Well these foods are harder to digest because they contain “anti-nutrients” also known as phytic acid as well as enzyme inhibitors. Now it’s not as scary at is looks but in order to reduce gas and bloating, support digestion and increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in these foods, try soaking them! In some cases, it also makes these foods easier to cook with. For example, cashews are used in a lot of vegan cheese recipes and the softer they are the better, or same when you are making homemade nut milk.

Soaking these foods helps with:

  • gas and bloating
  • easier on our digestive tract
  • more nutrients become available
  • easier to cook with

You can also try sprouting but I am no expert and have actually tired but ended up with moldy legumes so I opt to buy my sprouted goods.

My favourite things to soak before cooking:

  • chickpeas
  • lentils
  • black beans
  • cashews
  • almonds
  • quinoa
  • rice
  • ps. don’t soak flax or hemp!

Soaking steps:

  1. place the food item into a clean glass jar
  2. add filtered water
  3. place in the fridge overnight if you can
  4. rinse
  5. and cook! 

Sometimes you don’t need to soak things for that long. For example, cashews only need a few hours so if you are short on time, don’t stress!

If you buy your legumes precooked and canned, then make sure you give them a really good rinse. You will notice they bubble in the strainer so try to get to the point when all or most of those bubbles are gone. 

It’s as simple as that!

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