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#1 Old 06-28-2017, 06:15 PM
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I heard that almonds and nuts should not be eaten raw. What is the truth? I rely on them for my vegan diet and want to make sure I am getting the most out of them nutritionally.
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I heard that almonds and nuts should not be eaten raw. What is the truth? I rely on them for my vegan diet and want to make sure I am getting the most out of them nutritionally.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the world's largest association of Registered Dietitians), nuts can be eaten raw or roasted: http://www.eatright.org/resource/foo.../in-a-nutshell

Roasted nuts sometimes contain added oil or salt. Unsalted nuts are a better choice.

I have, of course, seen websites which claim that nuts must be soaked or sprouted before eating. Soaking and sprouting can help to improve mineral absorption, but this doesn't usually appear to be necessary. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have concluded that vegetarians, on average, have adequate iron and zinc status, as long as they consume an adequate and varied diet:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/34...e2=tf_ipsecsha

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78....full.pdf+html

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/ea....full.pdf+html

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/3/353.full

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/59/5/1233S.abstract


May I ask what type of vegan diet you are following? Do you eat a mixed diet of cooked legumes, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and nuts/seeds?

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It's best to roast them yourself, but overall I'd go with the roasted--
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/heal...sted-3920.html

I do use raw cashews for vegan cheeses and sauces, but they then get cooked

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I heard that almonds and nuts should not be eaten raw. What is the truth? I rely on them for my vegan diet and want to make sure I am getting the most out of them nutritionally.
I believe that exactly the opposite is true. Raw nuts are better nutritionally - but the difference is reasonably small.

I prefer mine raw and unsalted too. so don't worry about it enjoy them raw.

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I am following the plant-based gluten-free diet. Beans, legumes rice, quinoa, all different nuts. I make my own nut milks raw rather than cooked. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and still ended up with CVD and 2 blockages. I also have Rheumatoid arthritis so I go gluten free. Trying to cut down as many foods that increase inflammation. I have also heard that almond skins are not good to eat. Way too much information out there that may or may not be reliable.
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I am following the plant-based gluten-free diet. Beans, legumes rice, quinoa, all different nuts. I make my own nut milks raw rather than cooked. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and still ended up with CVD and 2 blockages. I also have Rheumatoid arthritis so I go gluten free. Trying to cut down as many foods that increase inflammation. I have also heard that almond skins are not good to eat. Way too much information out there that may or may not be reliable.

Holy cow. Yes, it is possible to develop cardiovascular disease, even with a vegetarian diet. In a very large, peer-reviewed comparative study of omnivores vs. vegetarians ((the EPIC-Oxford Study), a 32% lower incidence of ischemic heart disease was observed in the vegetarians, compared to the omnivores: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/ea....full.pdf+html . This is an impressive risk reduction, but it obviously wasn't perfect.

Because your health is evidently at risk, it might be helpful to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian that specializes in cardiovascular disease and in vegetarian/vegan nutrition. They can work with you and your physician to help you plan a delicious veg diet that addresses your health issues. A Registered Dietitian will also separate nutritional facts from fiction.

In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through this website: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the "Find an Expert" button, located in the upper-right-hand portion of the webpage.

In the U.K., you can find a local Registered Dietitian on the Freelance Dietitians website: http://www.freelancedietitians.org/

In New Zealand, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the Dietitians New Zealand website: http://dietitians.org.nz/find-a-dietitian/

In Canada, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at the Dietitians of Canada website: http://www.dietitians.ca/Find-a-Dietitian.aspx .

In the Nederlands, you can find a local Registered Dietitian at http://www.nvdietist.nl/ .

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I am following the plant-based gluten-free diet. Beans, legumes rice, quinoa, all different nuts. I make my own nut milks raw rather than cooked. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and still ended up with CVD and 2 blockages. I also have Rheumatoid arthritis so I go gluten free. Trying to cut down as many foods that increase inflammation. I have also heard that almond skins are not good to eat. Way too much information out there that may or may not be reliable.
In my opinion a lot of people think vegetarianism and veganism are cure-alls . They aren't. They are healthier than meat based diets by far but they don't magically make you immune to all illness but you can find out what the optimum diet is for your particular problem. It might be a good idea to follow David 3's oft offered (correctly) advice to go and see a vegetarian/vegan sympathetic registered dietitian. If you look through some of the threads you will find his info on how to locate one near you.

I don't think there is anything wrong with almond skins - I eat almonds raw, with or without skins.

As far as " Way too much information out there that may or may not be reliable" so true, so very true.

It was a good decision to come here for help sorting it out. there are lots of well informed people here.

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May I ask if you eat 'added oils'? like olive oil, coconut oil etc?

They can cause inflammation - a good video from Dr Greger about this... here.

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