During her work as a psychologist, Amanda Rose tried to shed light on factors that cause depression. As a result of her research, she concluded that there is a close relationship between depression and nutritional deficiencies.
In her experience, one of the main causes of post-traumatic depression is zinc deficiency. Certain foods such as cereals, legumes, nuts, and seeds inhibit the absorption of zinc, iron and other minerals.
Legumes, such as beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and peanuts, are rich in nutrients, but they also absorb many important nutrients. A sufficient intake of zinc, iron and magnesium help prevent depression. If your diet includes lots of legumes, you need to make sure to supplement these nutrients in other ways.
Besides, it does matter how you soak beans before cooking.
Phytic acid in legumes binds the minerals in the intestines before they can be absorbed, so they cannot be properly utilized by the body.
Amanda Rose says that soaking beans overnight in 60-degree Celsius water decreases the content of phytic acid, and as a result the absorption of minerals can be increased by more than 50%.
Apply the following method to reduce the phytic acid content of legumes.
Mix boiling water and filtered water and pour over the beans, completely covering them. Soak overnight.
Replace the water as the beans absorb the soaking water.