Raw almonds are one of the healthiest snacks you can eat. Almonds have been propelled into the top 10 health foods due to the amount of nutrients, protein, fiber and essential fatty acids they contain.
Consuming just a handful of these delicious nuts a day can benefit the heart, help you lose weight, prevent gallstones, control blood pressure, help with Type 2 diabetes and more!
Not All Nuts Are Created Equal
Unfortunately there is controversy surrounding almonds that you should be aware of before you incorporate them into your daily diet.
Most of the almonds you see for sale in stores are labeled as ‘raw’. However, this is misleading because they may have gone through a pasteurization process which nullifies many of the almonds healthy nutrients.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have allowed almonds to be labeled as ‘raw’ even though they have been pasteurized. This seems ridiculous and is misleading millions of unsuspecting buyers.
So when you buy raw almonds, make sure they are also unpasteurized, otherwise you may well be missing out on many of those health benefits.
That being said, raw, unpasteurized almonds are simply delicious! They are great to snack on and have a crunchy, fresh taste to them. I always keep a packet on hand when I’m working, and just a handful a day keeps any hunger pangs at bay.
Soak Your Almonds for Greater Benefits and Easier Digestion
Almonds can be difficult for most people to digest due to an enzyme-inhibiting substance found in their brown coating. Soaking or sprouting them removes this inhibitor so that the enzymes secreted during digestion can do their job.
Soaking also forces the almonds to release more of their nutrients – by as much as 200%.
Simply cover them with filtered water in a glass or stainless steel container for up to 48 hours. After this time, change the water and keep them in a refrigerator, changing the water every day for up to 7 days. This easy step can fit into even the busiest of schedules so that you can get all the healthy benefits of almonds without the enzyme inhibitors.