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koolaid
Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 9:36pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I just learned that the FDA is requiring all almonds be pasteurized, whether raw, organic, or whatever. Does anyone know whether this applies to almonds in the shell? I'm having a hard time imagining that they could figure out a way to pasteurize those. Why can't they leave our food supply alone??!!  
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almond use has tripled especially since candy bar companies are taking peanuts out of the formulas also the almond is nutrient dense.


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When the 'steam method' is used to pasturize, the almonds can still be sprouted.....and can still be labeled raw because of that. (shelled, as well as butters and other processed nuts)

I don't have a major objection to that method, it may also be helpful reducing the phytates (less need to soak).

I'm unaware of pasturization procedures for 'in the shell' nuts.

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Thanks for the info, Lloyd. Do the enzymes remain intact?
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The steam method only affects the surface layer. In that layer they may or may not be destroyed, I expect that enzymes in the remaining (bulk) portion of the nut meat would be unaffected.

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