Raw Activated Sunflower Seeds

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What are activated seeds?
An activated seed is a seed that has been soaked and sprouted to release its enzyme inhibitors.

Why should seeds be activated?
Enzyme inhibitors prevent nuts from sprouting at inappropriate times. This is an evolutionary mechanism that ensures seeds only sprout when environmental conditions will support the growth of young plants. Phytic acid and oxalic acid are examples of enzyme inhibitors, and are found in varying ratios depending on the seed. Of the four seasons, springtime is when we see nature come to life. Environmental conditions support the germination of seeds into seedlings. Rainfall is responsible for deactivating the enzyme inhibitors, which when coupled moderate spring temperatures supports the growth of freshly germinated seedlings into young plants.

These enzyme inhibitors also prevent the seeds from being over eaten by animals in the wild. In humans' regular consumption of seeds with enzyme inhibitors, can result in digestive distress in much the same way gluten does. Constipation, stomach cramps and bloating are examples of some issues people have eating raw, unactivated seeds. This is why seed activation is an important process.

  * sugar free
  * gluten free
  * dairy free
  * low GI
  * GE free


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How do we activate our seeds?
An activated seed is essentially a germinated seed. The activation process requires seeds to be soaked in water for a period of 12-24 hours depending on the nut variety. This deactivates the enzyme inhibitors and brings the seed to life. Once our seeds have been soaked, we then dehydrate them at low temperatures (40 degrees) over a 24-hour period. Dehydrated seeds have a similar flavour and texture to roasted seeds or nuts, however are much more nutrient dense and taste much fresher. Activating seeds makes the nutrients more digestible and easier to assimilate, they also taste delicious!