Ok, I tried to investigate before typing, but one thing upfront, I am munching on Divine Organics certified organic and raw delicious cashews (you see the ones in the picture, they are real, not a purchased picture and if you want to socially join in with me, you can buy them through DIVINE ORGANICS :)
Roasted nuts often please the taste buds more than the raw option because oily fats get released through the heating process.
Some people will not eat raw nuts simply because of the lack of taste. Others have read or have been educated that mold and Salmonella effect raw nuts. Raw Nuts versus Roasted can also be a health concern.
Regardless of your choice, eating nuts provide numerous health benefits. Only some nuts provide a little more or a little less nutrition through the roasting process. Here you will see an example of raw cashews nutritionally compared to roasted cashews. One serving size of cashews equals around one ounce or 28 grams.
- Raw Cashews – 2 grams of saturated fat, 5 grams of protein
- Roasted Cashews – 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of protein
This comparison contains very little information because all of the other major nutrients within the nut remain the same. In other words, roasting nuts barely affects the nutritional content, however, it effects strongly the quality of the fat and the quality of the protein, in second case it effects the bio-availability of amino acids how and if they can be used by the living cell properly.
Raw Foodists will have a lot to say why Raw Nuts versus Roasted is no question at all….. .and i am glad that there are great raw websites available, but i am also thrilled that there are a bunch of studies which seem to finally prove that Raw might be Right!
Nuts rich in asparagine, have the potential to harm your health and fitness when roasted.
The development of acrylamide through cooking foods such as raw nuts continues to receive a great deal of attention in the scientific world. The discovery of the chemical formation through cooking happened accidentally during the year of 2002. Large science groups continue to seek information and mainly started posing questions regarding the acrylamide during the year of 2009.
Though intake of nuts is healthy, RAW NUTS should be favored. Powerful vitamins, such as Vitamin B1 of thiamin found in raw nuts like pistachios, metabolize fats and carbohydrates while regulating muscle function and the nervous system. Vitamin B6, helps provide folate to fight the risk of heart disease and bad cholesterol levels.
Please read my very informative post about PILI NUTS, yes, there is a new nut in town!