When it comes to purchasing your nuts and nut butter, do you spend the extra cash on organic, raw, soaked and/or sprouted? Does it matter? Organic/raw macadamian nuts are $20/lb at my grocer compared to $14 for the regular kind.
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on December 21, 2010
at 12:10 AM
I think many nuts are more rancid than most people realize. If they are shelled and then not roasted or refrigerated, they can easily go bad.
Recently I got some unshelled brazil nuts. There is a huge difference between these and the (shelled) ones I have had before! Also, the nut seller at the farmer's market always tells me to keep them in the fridge. I assume that is how he is storing his products. But most nuts aren't kept this way.
The judgment whether organic is worth the extra cost is best done on a case by case basis. I would rather have uncertified organic yet pesticide free nuts that are fresh and local; compared to certified organic that may be old and/or have been shipped a long distance.
on February 17, 2011
at 09:58 PM
never buy roasted nuts, ever. 'maybe' macadamias could be the exception, as they are only 3% poly, but raw macs taste like butter so why roast em anyway?
there are several sites that sell raw, sprouted, dehyrated nuts and nut butters. this would be your best bet for convenience, but prepare to drop some serious coin for it. on betterthanroasted.com, a standard 8oz nut butter is about $16.
personally, i just buy raw nuts myself and soak/sprout/dehydrate them at home. it's very easy. remember that almonds aren't truly 'raw' anymore, even if it says it on the package. retailers are required to pasteurize all almonds now. you have to find a source for truly raw almonds. in cali, i buy from organic pastures. elsewhere, you may have to buy imported italian almonds.
soaking the nuts drastically reduces the phytic acid in them, improving digestibility and nutrient uptake. another benefit that i've noticed is that they are truly lighter and fluffier, with more of a crispy texture. when i used to eat 'raw' almonds, i felt that they were very heavy and would sit in my stomach like a brick. pre-paleo, i didn't think much of it because... hey, they're almonds. they are good for you, right? well. ignorance isn't always bliss.
now i soak/sprout/dehydrate almonds and pecans and make delicious nut butter. i don't eat a half cup per day or anything, but i certainly enjoy it with raw honey or with fruit and cheese.
bottom line: i believe it is worth spending the extra money on quality raw, organic nuts and going through the steps to soak/sprout for the benefits. and doing it at home gaurantees that you know it was done correctly and saves you a fat wad of cash so that you can increase your budget for those expensive grass fed meats.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
try to get raw nut. Some asian stores have good nuts. The best so far i found on special raw food stores in the net.
there are faitrade nuts here locally for quiet good price for 500gramm. 7euro 50 for organic fairtrade, sweet delicous less proceeded sympathic and crunchy cashew.
hazel, i also try to use the cheapest lesstreated available.
on December 20, 2010
at 09:18 PM
I make sure to get raw, preferably organic. Raw is probably the only really important one. You can soak and sprout your own quite easily.
on December 20, 2010
at 09:11 PM
I buy most of my nuts at farmer's markets. Although it is a little more expensive, I know that I am getting actually "raw" nuts, especially almonds. I don't know about other nuts, and other states, but at least in California, almonds sold at grocery stores must be pasteurized but can still be labeled "raw."
I prefer to spend the extra money on nuts from a grocery store. Especially since anything with fats can go rancid, and with grocery store nuts, you never know how long they have been sitting there.