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Raw Almonds Still Illegal

Raw Almonds Still Illegal

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Raw Almonds Still Illegal

(OrganicJar) I’m still surprised at the number of people who buy raw almonds thinking that they’re raw. The truth is they’re not. In the fall of 2007 a bill was passed requiring all raw almonds in North America to undergo a mandatory pasteurization making it illegal to purchase raw almonds.

Last week a federal judge rejected challenges to the law, which was introduced in response to two isolated outbreaks of salmonella, in conjunction with conventional almond farms, one in Canada in 2001, and a second in Oregon in 2004. While contamination in almonds is not common, the industry determined that aggressive measures were necessary to prevent any other occurrences.

Raw almonds, the heartbeat of all nuts, literally, have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few. Now, these once amazing and life enhancing health benefits have become devastatingly reduced if not completely eliminated in the pasteurization process.

Luckily, there are a few loop holes that still allow you to purchase raw almonds. You can purchase them online, and at farmers markets. Just make sure to buy from a reputable source.

My Thoughts:

Laws like this are a blatant attack on our food freedom. I remember emailing Nancy Pelosi back in 2007, only to get an email response cloaked in “we must do this for the health of the nation”. My only response was to ask, how many people die every day from prescription medication that the pharmaceutical cartel and corrupt FDA label as safe? I’m still waiting for a response to that email.

Would love to hear your thoughts and any recommendations on where you buy your raw almonds.

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  1. Wow. I realize that everyone believes "unprocessed" foods is the VERY BEST thing for you, and God forbid you place something less than that in your body, but fact is, people, every one of those nutrients you see up there is heat stable. Guess what that means? "Raw" almonds are as good for you as the horrible pasteurized ones! Just so everyone knows, pasteurizing is a very light heat treatment, the same kind milk goes through. Not a fan of processed, pasteurized milk? Have fun contracting all those diseases.

  2. Raw are almonds are illegal due to the high levels of cyanide in them. When they are cooked the cyanide is boiled out.

  3. Bitter almonds also contain cyanide, and should be processed before consumption. but hey, knock yourself out…

  4. so you dont cook anything before you eat it at all? dont dress your salads with anything?

  5. They are allowed to label them raw when they’ve been pasteurized!

  6. I suggest reading this book, Amanda. http://www.amazon.com/The-Milk-Book-Kindness-Pasteurized/dp/996263654X/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1375986578&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=milk+of+human+kindness+not+pa

    It is NOT a "very light heat treatment" it kills everything in the milk. And there are actually VERY few cases of raw milk actually making someone sick. Pasteurized is responsible for more food poisoning than raw.

  7. Amanda, I grew up on raw milk, as did dairy farmers and their families for centuries before me. If you research the "diseases" and 'sicknesses' that have supposedly been linked to the consumption of milk, you will note the diseases and outbreaks can be traced to the larger factory farms that are NON-raw products. The idea of RAW is also about the enzymes that are naturally occurring in the food you are eating. Your body has a finite number of enzymes. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. When you consume foods in their natural state, the enzymes for digestion are neatly packaged in the RAW item you are consuming. YOUR own body's enzyme supply is then able and available to do the work of repair and regeneration without the added burden of digestion. There is a lot more to it, of course, but you are being mislead by a lack of information. I used to "pick and choose" foods to eat raw or not, but have (through my own research) discovered RAW truly is the healthier choice for milk especially, but also the science does back up the difference between the (healthier) raw almonds as opposed to "equal" almonds that have been flash-pasteurized or chemically treated. Flash pasteurization does NOT provide an "equal" end-product to the raw choice. These are EXTREMELY high temperatures, just for a very short amount of time, but still enough to completely kill the life-giving enzymes of many items treated in this manner. Research chemical structures before/after this method – in the science journals if you do not believe the "extremists" on these websites. The science is out there…

  8. Tony Baloney – I'll list 'em for you.
    1. The right to consume the food of our choice. Raw milk, raw almonds, etc.
    2. The right to make our own decisions in regards to homeschool our children … consistently under attack and filling our courts with claims of truancy by the states. Highly difficult to do in many states with the government trying to make it illegal in all.
    3. The right to make healthcare decisions for ourselves and our children. Children taken away from parents who are seeking second opinions … and more. Google it.
    4. The right to live in peace without fear of search/seizure or wrongful detainment — The Patriot Act … need I say more?
    5. The right to be free from unfair taxes – Obamacare – need I say more?
    6. I can keep going … need I say more?

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