Mandatory Almond Pasteurization
I just learned that as of March 2008, all almonds produced in the U.S. will have to be pasteurized. Even almonds labeled as "raw" from the U.S. will be pasteurized. The articles I've read (admittedly from anti-pasteurization people - haven't yet found any pro- yet!) are all quite upset, and getting me quite upset, b/c they claim that a lot of the good nutrients will be broken down by the pasteurization process. Raw almonds are a huge source of healthy fat in my diet, I love the taste, and I love knowing I'm getting all that good nutrition! The reason is b/c of a few cases of salmonella contamination of raw almonds. Has anyone else heard about this? What do you think? Will you still buy "raw" almonds?
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