Nuts and Seeds

When searching for alkaline nuts and seeds online, you will notice that the charts all differ somewhat on what is considered alkaline or acidic. While this can be confusing, I believe nuts and seeds are a part of man’s original diet and that by eating raw whole nuts in their natural state, they will help our bodies stay alkaline, especially when soaked or sprouted.

And God said, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”  Genesis 1:29

Why Eat Nuts

A nut is a fruit composed of an inedible hard shell and a seed, and the source of energy and nutrients for the new plant. Eating raw nuts will not only supply our body with energy, but are also an excellent source of protein, fiber, essential amino acids, and healthy fats.

Yes, nuts are high in fat and in calories so you will want to limit your intake to 1 oz. daily. Add nuts to salads, smoothies, cooked meals, and raw meals. Use whole or grind them up in a blender. Avoid unhealthy roasted nuts.

Research has determined that certain fats common in nuts (mono and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids) actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Nuts have also been shown to do the following:

  • lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol
  • prevent the development of erratic heart rhythms and keep blood from clotting
  • relax constricted blood vessels and eases blood flow
  • control glucose levels and to lower insulin levels in people with prediabetes

Source: Why nutritionists are crazy about nuts, Harvard Heath Publishing

Alkaline-Forming Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Chestnuts
  • Coconut, fresh
  • Pine Nuts (pignolias)

The nuts below are considered mildly acidic forming by most charts. However, I don’t have a problem with them.

  • Brazil (very high in selenium and classified as a seed, botanically)
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts (filbert)
  • Macadamia
  • Pecans
  • Pistachio
  • Walnuts

Why Eat Seeds

Seeds are the small part of a flowering plant which can grow into a new plant. Raw seeds give us energy and are an excellent source of protein, fiber and essential amino acids. Add seeds to salads, smoothies, cooked meals, and raw meals. Use whole or grind them up in a blender.

Alkaline-Forming Seeds

  • Alfalfa
  • Pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Radish
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower

These two seeds will gel when soaked

  • Chia
  • Flax

Soaking & Sprouting to Remove Phytic Acid

Phytic acid (phytates) is found in raw nuts and seeds. It’s purpose is to keep the seed dormant until watered to germinate. There are studies that say it makes nuts and seeds harder to digest. However, soaking or sprouting will eliminate any issues you may have with digesting.

Soaking raw (not roasted, unsalted) nuts & seeds in water overnight will:

  • increase their alkaline level
  • improve digestion
  • increase nutrients

How to Soak & Sprout Nuts, Seeds, Grains, & Beans by Vegetarian Times is a very helpful and informative article.

Sprouted!: Power up your plate with home-sprouted superfoods is my favorite book for learning how to sprout with lots of pictures and easy-to-understand directions.

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