Think you are eating raw almonds? Think again!

Aug 12th, 2013

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Category: Vegan-Related Current Events

Think you are eating raw almonds? Think again!

I am not sure what the word for it is… alarming, disturbing, infuriating, disheartening? I guess I feel a bit of all those when it comes to the laws on almonds produced and sold in the United States. Here is a quick run down of the law:

Since September, 2007, all almonds produced in the U.S. are required by the USDA to be Almy.Almondpasteurized before being sold. Pasteurization is a treatment process that uses high temperature heat or a toxic fumigant to “sanitize” the food, after which the food is no longer raw by definition. Despite this fact, the USDA allows for the almonds to be labeled “raw,” totally misleading consumers. For more details, here is one article, among the countless others out there, from the Alliance for Natural Health.

Vegan health & nutrition is my passion so I do research daily to discover and share information like this. Most Americans don’t have the time and energy to spend discovering things like this for themselves. Most people make decisions based on the food labels, assuming that the nutrition facts, regulated by the government, are truthful. This is why I am so up in arms over this topic… its impossible for people to make an informed decision when the information is wrong!

Changing focus, you may be asking, are raw almonds THAT much better for you than roasted ones? After doing the research, I choose, for the most part, to eat organic raw nuts and seeds over roasted ones. This article gives a good run down of the reasons behind my decision. Another good tip is to keep them in the refrigerator instead of the pantry to keep them from going bad (& prevent bacteria growth).

The good news is that it’s  still possible to purchase truly raw, unpasteurized, organic almonds and almond butter. I often purchase mine from Wilderness Poets. They import their almonds from Italy. They also carry a great Nut Milk Making Kit that makes it fairly simple and easy to make your own almond milk.

 

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  1. Favorite Nut Milk Recipe | Sexy Fit Vegan May 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    […] The only equipment you need is a high speed blender (I’m partial to the Vitamix) and a nut milk bag, which you can find online or at your local health food store. I also like to order the almonds online to ensure they are truly raw. (almonds grown in the U.S. are required by law to be pasteurized, which typically involves high heat, yet the company is still permitted to label them “raw”.) Find almonds grown outside the U.S. that specifically say they are raw AND unpasteurized. For more information on this topic click HERE. […]

  2. Stephanie October 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    My husband and I found this out last year when he wanted to try the Caveman diet. It calls for raw nuts and we found that raw nut are nothing of the kind. Great information at your links. Thanks!

  3. Jared September 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Ella,

    I recently found LivingNutz as a place to buy nuts online. I just checked and the almonds are unpasteurized as well. The taste difference from a store-bought nut is amazing.

    Wilderness Poets looks like it’s worth a try too. Thanks for sharing,

    Jared

  4. Martha Fiore August 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    i always wondered the difference between the two of them, and instinctively chose raw, just because i thought that if its roasted most have some type of added oil, even though roasted taste better for me. however now the question is how can we pressure the companies to disclosure their sanitizing procedures and have a more honest disclosure on what we are really eating….. i guess we most keep passing on good info like this and take care of it ourselves.

    • Ella Magers August 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Exactly. We just have to keep spreading the word, exposing the secrets, and putting pressure on the companies and government to make sure we have access to the truth about what we are putting in our bodies!

  5. Jennifer Pansa Yoga August 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Great Article Ella! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and being a great leader. I would love to learn how to make my own Almond Milk! I hope in one of your upcoming blog posts you can teach us. The best way to know what is going into your body is to prepare it ourselves.

    Jennifer Pansa Yoga
    http://www.jenniferpansa.com

    • Ella Magers August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Almond milk is actually super simple to make! I avoided making my own nut milks for the longest time because I thought it would be tedious and time consuming but once I gave it a shot realized I was wrong. I will definitely put out a recipe!

  6. Karina August 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Wow – that is so disappointing. This industry needs to get it together and stop cheating us from becoming healthy individuals. Great piece of information. Thanks for posting.

  7. susan schenck August 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Who knew! Thanks for sharing. It’s nice to have access to info that really should not be that hard to find. Makes it possible to know that there are choices.

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