Soaking nuts, seeds, and grains before eating is essential to receive the full nutritional benefits of these foods. Nuts, seeds, and some grains are loaded with phytic acid, a storage house for phosphorus. We all love nuts and seeds (the perfect to-go snack), but the problem is the phytic acid in those tasty nuts and seeds chelate or bind with other minerals such as iron and zinc, thus making them nutritionally unavailable to you and the nuts not easily digestible.
Want more information about why and how to soak raw nuts?
HERE is a great article from the Food Matters website, reprinted from the Nourishing Connections website.
HERE is another article from Weston A. Price on living with phytic acid.
I have been a member of Weston A. Price for ten years. I thank the farmer at Pu’u O Hoku Ranch for introducing me to raw milk (from Rosie) and urging me to purchase the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. I became a raw milk advocate and member of Weston A. Price after I started reading the cookbook. It changed how I viewed nutrition, coconut oil, farming, indigenous cultures, and health. Life-changing. They now have a Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Childcare!
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The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.
The Foundation seeks to establish a laboratory to test nutrient content of foods, particularly butter produced under various conditions; to conduct research into the “X Factor,” discovered by Dr. Price; and to determine the effects of traditional preparation methods on nutrient content and availability in whole foods.
The board and membership of the Weston A. Price Foundation stand united in the belief that modern technology should be harnessed as a servant to the wise and nurturing traditions of our ancestors rather than used as a force destructive to the environment and human health; and that science and knowledge can validate those traditions.
The Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed.
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- Our quarterly journal: Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts,
a lively journal with cutting-edge articles on current scientific research, human diets, pasture-based agriculture, holistic therapies, legislative updates, legal issues, as well as sources of nutrient-dense foods.
- Our annual Shopping Guide,
a thoroughly researched booklet that fits into your pocket or purse and ranks products in three categories: best, good and avoid. It includes meat, seafood, dairy, nuts, grains, fats and oils, sweeteners, soups, fruits and vegetables, snacks, bread and beverages.
- Our informative brochures
One copy each of our dietary guidelines booklet and our seven trifold brochures covering the topics butter, cholesterol, cancer, cod liver oil, soy, real milk and trans fats.
- Discount tuition to our regional conferences and the Wise Traditions International Conference
The nation’s premier conference on diet and health.
- Timely email information and action alerts.
As a WAPF member, you will support our many projects including:
- Nearly 600 local chapters to help health-conscious consumers obtain nutrient-dense foods locally.
- The Campaign for Real Milk and RealMilk.com to help you locate raw milk and support the growing raw milk movement.
- Soy Alert! a campaign to eliminate this toxic food from our diet.
- Public outreach and education at over 100 events each year.
- Laboratory research on fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrition topics.
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