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Raw nuts versus Roasted nuts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I can't seem to find a clear, scientific answer on why to eat Raw nuts or to eat Roasted nuts.

I realize each different type of nut may have a slightly different answer, but with regards to health, nutrient absorption and generally speaking from a health perspective, which is better and why.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:20 AM

That's what I do! Guess I shoulda but it in an answer rather than a comment.. SO YUMMY

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Mmmm, sounds tasty! I may have to try this.

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Yes, that is most logical. My point there is that stores typically buy less so the turnover is more in line with the customer purchasing patterns. They are quite a bit more expensive for places stocking them and if they go rancid or get old it is readily apparent and they cant be sold. As a result places stock lesser amounts than roasted or more popular varieties and purchase more frequently.

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on August 09, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I would typically associate low turnover with less fresh and high turnover with more fresh.

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on August 09, 2012
at 08:54 PM

The only thing that will completely eliminate the phytates is soaking although roasting will reduce them to some degree. And thanks, Jack :)

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on August 09, 2012
at 08:40 PM

good answer eddie

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on August 09, 2012
at 08:14 PM

I eat raw nuts daily. Bit of cashews or pistachios. They're not a huge part of your diet right? Why worry. They're a bit of dessert for me if you will, I don't worry about it. If I could only find roasted I'd go with that. If they're a small percentage of your daily intake it won't matter.

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:25 PM

But doesn't the roasting destroy the anti-nutrients/phytates?

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I agree and am concerned that it starts an oxidative process in the oils. I roast mine using coconut oil ad at a low-ish heat.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:27 PM

I have seen a lot of claims that the oils become rancid when nuts are roasted. I haven't seen any evidence to that, but I prefer soaked, sprouted, dehydrated nuts. There is a brand BTR (Better than Roasted) that soaks organic nuts and dehydrates them, and they ARE better than roasted. Their texture almost seems roasted - more crisp in a way, especially pecans. The hazelnuts are an exception - not so good, and I prefer raw brazil nuts for taste, but all of the other ones are great. It takes all of the bitterness out of walnuts, the pecans are divine, and the soaking helps remove some of the phytates and anti-nutrients.

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91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

raw nuts will likely have at least some of the following advantages:

  • freshness and quality: in general, raw nuts are more of a speciality product and having less turnover, are stocked / bought in lesser quantities by merchants
  • less fat oxidation and mycotoxins / mold when in the raw state, especially the closer they are to harvesting (cashews and peanuts being exceptions, and not recommended for eating in any state due to mold issues)
  • can be soaked, sprouted, roasted, or dehydrated at home with better quality control and addition of your preferred oils and salts

some issues with roasted nuts could be:

  • roasted in rancid or mechanized seed oils, often at very high temperatures
  • stored for long periods of time
  • enzyme deficient
  • if flavored, "dry roasted", or otherwise treated they can have high sodium content and contain other mystery ingredients like MSG and "natural flavors"

I have found Living Tree Community Foods, Natural Zing, and Nuts Online to be excellent sources for quality fresh raw organic nuts

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:25 PM

But doesn't the roasting destroy the anti-nutrients/phytates?

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on August 09, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I would typically associate low turnover with less fresh and high turnover with more fresh.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on August 09, 2012
at 08:40 PM

good answer eddie

91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

(799)

on August 09, 2012
at 08:54 PM

The only thing that will completely eliminate the phytates is soaking although roasting will reduce them to some degree. And thanks, Jack :)

91119f53c3827f5c7fc90b98cab85b04

(799)

on August 09, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Yes, that is most logical. My point there is that stores typically buy less so the turnover is more in line with the customer purchasing patterns. They are quite a bit more expensive for places stocking them and if they go rancid or get old it is readily apparent and they cant be sold. As a result places stock lesser amounts than roasted or more popular varieties and purchase more frequently.

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I prefer either raw nuts or to roast them myself. Why roast them myself? Because commercially roasted nuts are likely roasted for a short time at high heat, which is likely detrimental to the fats.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I agree and am concerned that it starts an oxidative process in the oils. I roast mine using coconut oil ad at a low-ish heat.

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Raw nuts, roasted at home, on low heat, in Coconut Oil.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Mmmm, sounds tasty! I may have to try this.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:20 AM

That's what I do! Guess I shoulda but it in an answer rather than a comment.. SO YUMMY

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on July 31, 2013
at 12:01 PM

Hi- I much prefer the soaked/sprouted nuts. Sometimes I do it at home. A good source and reasonably priced place to buy sprouted nuts is a company in Maine- living nutz

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