Have you ever had that “big ball of rocks” feeling in you belly after eating one too many nuts? You know, that really uncomfortable, heavy sensation.
Nuts are loaded with enzyme inhibitors that can really slow down your digestion to a creeping halt. Yes, our awesomely nutritious, most handy snack- the nut- contains facts that actually get in the way of your digestive enzymes.
I learned about these digestive inhibitors in my all-time favorite cookbook, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This book is a must have for anyone who has the slightest desire to improve their health.
I commonly tell my clients to go ahead and buy Nourishing Traditions and go ahead and keep it in the bathroom. I know that sounds totally crazy, but believe me when I say Nourishing Traditions is a wealth of information. Reading the first 80 pages is almost like getting a Ph.D. in nutrition. And once you get through those first pages, the rest of the book is loaded with recipes and astounding food facts from nutrition masters around the world.
Now back to nuts.
Don’t worry. All is not lost. Nuts can still be a very nourishing food when prepared properly. Soaking nuts in salt water neutralizes the digestive inhibitors, so you can enjoy all the benefits from your favorite snack food and skip the belly-ache.