Organic raw almonds are healthy food because they:
Are high in the alkalizing minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and manganese.
Contain vitamin E, fiber, phyto-chemicals, and flavonoids.
Protect against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gall stones; they lower cholesterol and normalizes blood pressure.
When raw and germinated, almonds provide more minerals, vitamins, enzymes, proteins, are alkalizing and easy to absorb. You can eat them as a snack, add them to a smoothie, make raw almond milk or mix them with spices and dehydrate them in the sun or dehydrator.
USDA Requires Sterilization
Since last year, the USDA requires that all almonds grown in California are sterilized. This process includes chemicals and/or high -temperature treatments. However, the almonds are still be labelled and sold as raw.
Thus when you buy raw almond in a bag or almond butter in the health store, they are most likely no longer raw.
Raw almonds from California are no longer raw, but they may be labeled as such. This way you're being misled. You can no longer get the benefits of raw almonds.
The most common method of sterilizing the almonds is propylene oxide fumigation. It is not sure that this method is safe. The International Institute on Cancers lists this as a possible carcinogen. It's not allowed in the EU, Canada and Mexico.
Law Suit Filed Against USDA
A group of fifteen American almond growers and holesale nut handlers filed a lawsuit in Washington DC on Tuesday September 9, 2008 to repeal the controversial USDA-mandated treatment program for Calfornia-grown raw almonds.
Cornucopia Institute is coordinating the law suit to bring back really raw organic almonds that have not been treated with heat or toxic chemicals. Success depends on you. Even with much volunteer support, this effort will be costly. Every contribution - large or small - helps restore really raw organic almonds.
For more information and to donate go to www.cornucopia.org and click on Authentic Almond Project.
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