4 Dry Fruits That Are Healthier When Soaked

4 Dry Fruits That Are Healthier When Soaked

Soaking dry fruits helps in enhancing their nutritional value of the same. This happens due to the active enzymes present in the fruit and thus releasing nutrients, vitamins and taste when dry.

Why should you have soaked dry fruits?

Dry fruits are one of the most delicious and healthy snacks to munch on. However, dry fruits that are dried in the sun for long periods of time often lack nutrients.

The reason behind it is that all the nutrients have seeped out of the dry fruit into its skin. Therefore, we can make it even more nutritious by soaking it in water overnight and then eating it with a spoonful of honey or jam.

Soaking it overnight increases its nutritional value and makes them softer so it’ll be easier to digest.

These four dry fruits are usually not considered healthy for us, but if we soak them in water overnight, they can become quite the opposite.


By soaking almonds in water overnight, you can make their nutrients more easily digestible. For example, the phytic acid in raw almonds is quite tough to break down—phytic acid binds with minerals and prevents your body from absorbing them. Soaking the almonds helps break down the phytic acid so that your body is able to get the full nutritional benefit from the nuts.


Soaked figs are widely known for their health benefits. They contain many minerals and vitamins, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A and C.


Soaking raisins in water for at least six hours unlocks the phytonutrients and antioxidants that are not normally present in this dried fruit. Phytonutrients, including flavonoids, carotenoids, and anthocyanidins, are naturally occurring plant chemicals with various health benefits.


Soaked walnuts have been found to have several health benefits. In one study, researchers found that eating a handful of walnuts daily for four weeks significantly reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Another study revealed that eating a handful of walnuts daily for two weeks significantly improved the ability to think clearly.


Overall, it’s important to remember that while dried fruits are healthy, they are still high in sugar and calories. Consuming too much-dried fruit can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

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  • Anonymous , February 27, 2023 @ 5:06 pm

    Thanks for your support

  • Ad Noor , September 30, 2023 @ 5:50 pm

    As with any dietary choice, it’s essential to listen to your body and consider your individual preferences when deciding whether to soak dry fruits. Additionally, if you have specific dietary restrictions or health concerns, consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalized advice.

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