ACTIVATED NUTS

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By Jo Rittey

 

Activated nuts. What’s the deal? Are they just another ploy to hike up the price. Because I am telling you, free range organic grass fed activated almonds. They are worth their weight in gold. Gold, I tell you.

 

But apart from confronting the public with a four syllable past participle adjective, why is an activated nut any more flash than an inactivated, or perhaps, pre-activated, nut?

 

According to the activated nuts advocates, as great as raw nuts are for us nutritionally, they apparently contain certain phytochemicals that prevent us from getting the full benefits of their essential ingredients: vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fibre and protein. These nuts taunt us with the possibility of feeling goodness course through our veins without actually allowing us the pleasure of it. They give, those little nuts, and yet they also take away.

 

Enter activation. Soaking the little nuts for 24 hours in water and a little salt will start the germination process, thus the growth cycle of the nut, and in so doing, denatures the phytochemical party poopers.

 

Nuts for Life…yes, this is an actual organisation which represents the Australian tree nut industry and very carefully thought about their name…are fairly sceptical of all the hype. They say there is little or no research proving that activation improves digestibility or nutrition in a nut.

 

What activating a nut does do is a something akin to sprouting a grain. It converts some of the starch into a simpler sugar, and some of the protein into a simpler amino acid.

 

In a world where we long for the simpler things in life, perhaps an activated nut is the answer.

 

And perhaps it is not.

 

Luckily, the choice is yours.

 

Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and loves cooking lamb shanks. Armed with a PhD in Medieval French Literature, an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than sharing a meal and good conversation with friends.

 

 

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