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Why To Make the Switch to Organic Almonds
It’s easy to fall into the thinking that if you’re eating a plant-based food, you’re basically protected from any health problems whatsoever.
But unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Almonds are a great example.
Nearly 100% of all almonds consumed in the US get grown in California. After a few outbreaks of salmonella from California-grown almonds about 15 years ago, the USDA required all almonds from the state to be pasteurized.
However, non-organic almonds can be pasteurized with propylene oxide (PPO). It’s a chemical used to make building insulation and the foam in car seats, among many other consumer products. The American Cancer Society calls it “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
To pasteurize, farmers can also use steaming, dry-roasting, blanching, or oil-roasting. However, since they can also use PPO if they’re non-organic farmers, that presents a bit of a problem for you, the consumer.
But then, if they want to be certified organic, PPO is not allowed whatsoever.
Do You Know the Source of the Almonds You’re Eating?
It’s much easier when you’re in a store and have the time and ability to read labels. But what if you’re in a restaurant or cafe and you order a dish or drink with almonds in it?
Do you have the opportunity to read the label? Can you trust the waiter you don’t know and what they tell you?
They may just tell you what you want to hear because they want you to order and be happy so they don’t have to deal with an angry customer.
And even if you are in the store and want to buy almonds which don’t have an organic label, do you have the time to make a call directly to the manufacturer and ask them how they pasteurize their almonds?
Can you even trust what they tell you?
Yeesh. What a mess!
So, How Do You Find Organic Almonds?
You can buy online from overseas suppliers who aren’t required to pasteurize their almonds. You can also avoid eating almonds entirely.
Or, you can develop a relationship with an online supplier of your choice who you trust and ask them how they source their almonds.
Remember, as long as you go organic, you’re okay. You won’t have any PPO in your almonds.
And if you’re out in public eating, perhaps you just have to make the safe choice and avoid almonds altogether.
Eating healthy, safe organic food isn’t always easy. So hopefully this article clears up some of the murkiness around the issue (at least with almonds anyway).