This article is courtesy of Hail Merry:

Why are raw nuts better than roasted nuts? Hail Merry® Vanilla Maple Almonds are raw, sweetly fresh, heart healthy and full of antioxidants and alkalizing minerals. In contrast, many roasted nuts are rancid which can cause premature aging.

Raw almonds are some of nature’s great super foods- full of heart healthy monounsaturated fat that can help you manage weight and blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and regulate blood pressure. Almonds are also rich in many vitamins and minerals (magnesium, manganese, copper, and Vitamin E and B2) that help protect you against diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases. But quality raw nuts are hard to find. If you do choose to go with cooked nuts, you should really take a good look at the ones you’re buying. Have you ever purchased roasted nuts that have a bitter, unpleasant oily taste and a darker than normal color? If so, they are rancid because nut oils oxidize quickly when exposed to heat, light and air.

What is so bad about eating rancid nuts? Like oils damaged by exposure to high cooking temperatures, rancid oils contain free radicals that can cause cellular damage in your body. Free radicals are an atom or a group of atoms that can damage cells, proteins and DNA by altering their chemical structure. AND according to the National Cancer Institute, free radical damage may lead to premature aging and cancer.

Rancidity sets in before nuts smell or taste bad so your “I thought my nuts were healthy” snack may actually be making you ill and old, especially if you purchased them from a bulk bin. Nuts exposed to light and humidity have a shelf life less than 3 months. Refrigerated nuts have much longer shelf lives, upwards of 6 to 12 months.

In addition, when nuts are roasted at high temperatures toxic chemicals are formed that promote aging. Even worse, when nuts are roasted at high temperatures with canola, corn, soybean or sunflower oils, compounds are formed that may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. Once absorbed in the body, these compounds react with DNA, RNA and proteins affecting basic cellular processes causing more free radical damage.

EAT RAW LOVE LONGER

Our Vanilla Maple Almonds are never roasted but dehydrated at low temps to protect healthy omegas and antioxidants. Nuts lose up to 15% of their healthy oils when roasted and roasting at high temperatures causes the formation of chemicals that promote aging. Our nuts protect against free radical damage.

Our Raw Nuts are soaked to activate the living enzymes which aid digestion. Our nuts smell sweet and nutty and are alive with flavor.

Our Raw Nuts Feed Your Body Royally! Enjoy a handful today and experience raw taste.

This advice is courtesy of Hail Merry®, the Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free snack brand that features healthy organic raw plant based oils and delivers superior taste and purity. The company is a women-owned certified business (WBENC) guided by experienced leaders who value healing foods and are dedicated to ingredient integrity. At Hail Merry, we believe sharing a journey to higher health is the path to a better world. Hail Merry is sold nationally at Whole Foods Market, Central Market, Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage and other natural foods retailers. Hail Merry® is also available at airports, stadiums, convention centers, colleges/universities and national hotels, such as Omni Hotels & Resorts.