RAW OR ROTTEN? The Truth about CA Raw Almonds

Chances are, if you are buying raw almonds at any store in California, they are not raw and you have been cheated: from a whole, living food perspective, these products are mislabeled. Sadly the USDA and the California Almond Board has approved this false advertising and labeling.

We have conducted an experiment at the request of raw almond consumers in Los Angeles. The experiment demonstrates that pasteurized almonds sold as raw almonds can be quite toxic.

The following three samples of almonds were all soaked for four days in clean water in preparation for making raw almond milk. The water was changed every 24 hours. On the fifth day they were dried and placed into a plastic bag.

Whole Foods AlmoOrganic Pastures Truly Raw Almondsnds

LABEL NAME: TRULY RAW ORGANIC ALMONDS
PROCESSING: NOT PASTEURIZED, CA RAW
BRAND/RETAILER: MCAFEE FARMS, LLC.

Sample #1

Truly Raw Organic Almonds produced at Organic Pastures. After the procedure, these truly raw organic almonds are mold-free and look and taste great. Because they have never been treated by radiation, ultra high heat, or steam, these almonds are still a whole, complete food with their fats, enzymes and beneficial bacteria all intact.

Kirkland "Raw" Almonds

LABEL NAME: RAW ORGANIC ALMONDS
PROCESSING: PASTEURIZED, LABELED "RAW"
BRAND/RETAILER: KIRKLAND

Samples #2 and #3

These are two different brands of pasteurized almonds that are sold as "raw." Both batches were soaked identically to Sample #1, but during drying they turned moldy in just a few hours. High temperature processing has destroyed all enzymes and protective bacteria, thus rendering the soaked almonds rancid. These “fake raw almonds” are toxic, smell bad, and cannot be eaten.

Whole Foods "Raw" Almonds

LABEL NAME: RAW ORGANIC ALMONDS
PROCESSING: PASTEURIZED, LABELED "RAW"
BRAND/RETAILER: WHOLE FOODS

We provide this as more proof that it doesn't benefit humans to second-guess nature's wisdom. Eating unprocessed whole foods from trusted sources is truly the best way to live.

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