Almonds are actually seeds. They are a powerhouse of nutrients, including manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2, and phosphorus, and are a great source of protein and fiber. One-quarter cup of almonds has 12 grams of protein. That is more than twice the amount of protein in one egg. However, almonds contain 1,800 more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. This can seriously throw off the balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the body.
Omega-6 fats are inflammatory. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory. For that reason, I avoid and recommending avoiding using too many almonds or drinking almond milk. I use more whole, sprouted quinoa, hemp, or coconut milk these days rather than almond milk; and, I consume a mixture of nuts and seeds, instead of eating large amounts of almonds by themselves.
Almond milks today are made with pasteurized, unsprouted, and non-organic almonds. Therefore, they are void of the nutrition you are desiring. Almonds, being a seed, are high in phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, which makes them extremely hard to digest and can prevent your body from absorbing nutrients. Also, recent news has come out that the commercial brands of almond milk are actually thickened with carrageenan and not almonds! This is bad, not only because they were deceiving people, but also because carrageenan can cause ulcers and gastrointestinal tract problems.
I love almonds, but by law, all almonds in the US have to be pasteurized, so all the almonds you are buying at the store have had the nutrition pasteurized out of them. If they say “raw” in the store, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been pasteurized or irradiated. In order to get almonds that still have the nutrients, you have to buy organic, raw, unpasteurized ones.
Here are a few almond brands that are organic, raw and unpasteurized:
Terrasoul Superfoods – 2 pounds – $24.99
BH Almond Ranch 3 pounds – $24.95
Food to Live 1 pound – $18.98
In conclusion, enjoy raw, unpasteurized, sprouted almonds when you can, but make sure you balance the omega 3’s when enjoying them. Try having them with a mixture of other sprouted nuts and seeds (like walnuts and pumpkin seeds) that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids to balance them out.