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June 06, 2020

Why We Use Whole Activated Ingredients

You may or may not have heard about soaking nuts and legumes before cooking and eating. Activating (soaking) legumes is beneficial in a number of ways. Here at PureHarvest we use activated nuts and beans in our non-dairy milks.

Let’s look at our organic soy milks as an example. At the very beginning of our soy milk production we activate the whole organic soy beans by soaking them for a minimum of 12 hours. What is the reason for activating the soy beans? Let’s explain.

Whole soy beans contain proteins known as lectins. Lectins are a protein that bind to sugar. These lectins are often referred to as nutrient inhibitors as they can limit the ability of our body to effectively absorb the nutrients found in beans and nuts – this is where activating the beans comes into play.

Soaking the soy beans helps to break down these nutrient barriers, in turn this helps our bodies to more effectively absorb the nutrients from the beans. Activating legumes helps with the following,

  1. Reduces phytic acids
  2. Reduces tannins and polyphenols
  3. Promotes production of beneficial enzymes (which serves to further reduce phytic acids and polyphenols)
  4. Improves the body’s ability to absorb minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium
  5. Makes proteins more available for absorption
  6. Reduces anti-nutritional enzyme inhibitors  
  7. Removes gas-causing compounds
  8. Decreases cooking time and improves food texture

These are the core reasons as to why we choose to activate the whole organic soybeans and whole nuts that we use to make our milks.

We always endeavour to bring you delicious products that are made from natural, organic and whole food ingredients. By going the extra mile and activating the nuts and beans we can create a fantastic product that is good for you and tastes great too.

If you are interested in learning more about our organic milks that are made from key activated ingredients please click the links below.

Check out our activated milks below:

UNSWEETENED ACTIVATED ALMOND MILK

ACTIVATED ALMOND MILK

NATURE’S SOY UNSWEETENED

NATURE’S SOY ORIGINAL

NATURE’S SOY ENRICHED

NATURE’S SOY LITE

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