Almonds are considered to be among the healthiest foods on Earth, since they are abundant in various health benefits. Unfortunately, we’re going to discover you a secret that only a few people know about almonds people buy today: most of the almonds that are especially sold in the U.S. have been fumigated with propylene oxide. That’s a chemical that has been proved to cause cancer!
In the USA, it became illegal for raw almonds to be sold in 2007. This law was brought by an outbreak of Salmonella in Canada that was discovered to go back to an almond grower in California. The California Department of Health Services managed to help this grower increase the safety of his almonds.
But, some time after that, there was a second surprising outbreak of Salmonella. Several government agencies mandated treatment so there would be no more Salmonella outbreaks, because it is indeed strange to discover Salmonella is something dry as almonds.
The almonds had to be treated in one of two ways so that a dramatic reduction of salmonella could be achieved:
- Insertion of the kernels into a closed chamber to be fumigated with propylene oxide gas
- Exposure to heat sufficient to raise the temperature to 200 degrees
Mid-sized almond growers couldn’t stand the pressure as well as the costs and they were pushed out of business. The once-thriving almond industry made up of many small growers became a part of numerous corporate almond producers.
Almonds sold as ‘organic’ are generally treated with the heat process in order to be able to achieve a kernel temperature of 200 degrees. Those which are not labeled as ‘organic’ are fumigated with propylene oxide gas, as a general rule.
According to this, all almonds sold in the U.S. have been treated in one of these ways and that’s why they have lost much of their life-enhancing properties. Almonds sold in small amounts directly from the grower at local markets or roadside stands as well as almonds shipped from another country are the potential exceptions.
The Danger of Propylene Oxide
Propylene oxide (PPO) is a substance which is banned in Canada, Mexico, and all of the E.U. Both the American Motorcycle and the National Hot Rod Associations from the US have banned it because they have been using it as fuel before the dangers of its noxious fumes became apparent.
Propylene oxide is known to be a substance hazardous for the health under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, because of its ability to cause irritation, the acute toxicity, as well as its mutagenic and carcinogenic properties.
Food Identity Theft managed to perform some research on popular brands of almonds sold online and in stores and. According to their results:
– Planter’s brand almonds (now owned by Kraft Foods) are heat treated.
-Costco’s Kirkland Signature chocolate-covered almonds as well as their whole almonds are fumigated with PPO.
-Diamond of California almonds are treated with PPO fumigation.
-Trader Joe’s says all the almonds sold under the their name are heat treated.
-Blue Diamond almonds vary. Sliced and slivered almonds are heat treated, while their whole-nut ‘natural’ line is treated with PPO. Some other Blue Diamond products which contain almonds may use steam-treated almonds.
-Back to Nature almonds are heat treated.
-Whole Foods Market 365 brand is a question. There is a conventional 365 line that may or may not be treated as well as an organic 365 line that is almost certainly heat treated.
-Superior Nut Company almonds are gassed with PPO, with the exception of their organic almonds sold online, which may be imported and not even subject to being heated to a temperature of 200.
Many other nut companies have an unknown treatment choice, so we can’t know how almonds used as an ingredient in other products were treated.
What we Have Lost
These stringent standards for almonds may protect some people from Salmonella, but the almonds become full of chemical toxicity and millions of people are eating almonds these almonds treated with PPO. Almonds are extremely beneficial especially in these health issues:
-Provide high amounts of magnesium and numerous Americans are deficient in it
-Lower total cholesterol and improve LDL to HDL ratio
-Stabilizethe blood sugar levels and prevent hypoglycemia
-Protect us against diabetes, weight gain, obesityand cardiovascular disease
-Are abundant in trace minerals that are essential co-factors for production of superoxide dismutase (SOD) a powerful antioxidant made in the mitochondria
-Improve our whole digestive health through prebiotic action that encourages beneficial gut flora to flourish
-Enrich our body with B vitamins that we need for recycling glutathione, another antioxidant made in the body
Maybe you should consider buying some other types of nuts because as we can see, we can’t be sure in almonds anymore! Protect yourself from all the harmful chemicals!