Where To Find Truly Raw Almonds

If the biggest reason you eat almonds is to obtain their health benefits, then you need to know where to find truly raw almonds. As shocking as it may seam, not all almonds that are labeled "raw" are truly raw.

I'll explain why in a moment. In this article, you will learn that some almonds are labeled falsely (on purpose!), where to find truly raw almonds, and why you should choose raw almonds instead of pasteurized ones.

Don't Trust All The Labels

Did you know that some almonds on the shelves of many American stores are labeled falsely, and that it is legal to do so? It's very disturbing, but completely true and verifiable.

According to California law, almonds grown in California must be pasteurized. Pasteurization is a process that heats the nuts to a high temperature for the purpose of killing any possible diseases or harmful substances they may contain. However, when almonds are heated to this temperature, they also loose many of their health benefits!

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But what's most disturbing is that California allows pasteurized almonds to be labeled as "raw," and typically when something is labeled raw, it costs more to buy. And just so you know, the majority of almonds sold in stores in America come from California.

For those that don't care whether the almonds they eat are raw or not, this is not a problem. But many people who are health conscious are paying a premium price for supposedly "raw almonds," but are not getting what they expected. This is not only shocking, it's flat out deceptive!

Where To Look For Truly Raw Almonds

So what can you do if you want truly raw almonds? You can still find them, but you'll have to do a bit of research to determine if the nuts are being properly labeled. If you can find a company that acknowledges the deceptive California law, and that company states that their raw almonds really are raw, they are probably telling the truth.

Some vendors in the USA are selling almonds that have been imported from Spain or other countries overseas. As a general rule, imported almonds that are labeled as "raw" probably are raw. It's not a guarantee, but I high probability. Still do some research to find out if the supposedly "raw" almonds you want to buy have been pasteurized or roasted, or not.

Why Raw Is Better

With all this confusion being spread in the marketplace, you may be tempted to give up on trying to get truly raw almonds, and simply settle for the less expensive varieties. It may seem tempting, but it's not the best idea for those who want to obtain all the health benefits of almonds.

Almonds have many health benefits, some of which include improvement of digestion, supporting proper brain function, and lowering cholesterol levels. However, when almonds are roasted or even just pasteurized to certain levels of heat, some of these qualities are lost or at the least reduced. The higher the temperature and the longer the almonds are exposed to heat, the more nutrients they loose.

It is quite disturbing to know that not all so-called "raw" almonds are are truly raw almonds. It's important to do some research before buying any almonds that are labeled as "raw" to ensure that they have not been roasted or pasteurized. Now that you are aware of this situation and have some information to help you select truly raw almonds, you can feel more confident when you shop for almonds.

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