Raw or Toasted Seedalicious
Should the seeds for the Seedalicious salad topping be raw or toasted before making the mix?
All the best!
Hi Cindy, Interesting question.
Seeds contain that tough exterior that Mother Nature built into them that ensures they will not germinate before they come into contact with water. And the reason they do not germinate is because there are enzyme inhibitors present. When you eat foods with enzyme inhibitors, over time they can lead to problems with your pancreas (for example, swelling).
So grinding (or soaking) helps to remove that tough exterior so the enzymes can be present for your body to make use of.
I always feel it's smart to eat raw foods when possible because they contain those beneficial enzymes we need. So grinding (or soaking) allows us to get at those enzymes.
On the other hand, it is thought seeds contain a lot of phytic acid, which basically makes it difficult for your body to make use of some important nutrients.
This is also why we soak rice
(and many other whole grains
) and beans
before cooking, to break down those walls and remove the phytic acid to make them easier to digest.
So here's what I recommend these days. It's probably a good idea to be on the safe side and eat some seeds that are raw, while the other half are roasted.
Lay seeds out in a baking dish and roast at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until fragrant. Then let cool completely.
Mix them with the same amount of raw seeds in a jar or other container with a lid and store in the fridge. Then pull out the amount of seeds you need for grinding each salad.
Hope this helps. :)