I’ve recently heard people state that raw almonds are better for you than dry roasted ones. This is of particular interest to me because I enjoy eating almonds almost daily as one of my snacks. Some of the information out there has even suggested that the oil in almonds becomes rancid after being heated. I’m here to discover the truth about raw almonds vs dry roasted almonds.
I was instantly skeptical for two reasons:
- I love eating dry roasted almonds more than I like the raw ones.
- The statements that I read did not provide any specific evidence of truth.
I instantly began to comb the expanses of the interwebs to find a definitive answer, and here is what I found.
Almonds in both raw and dry roasted forms contain fiber, protein, and the good healthy monounsaturated fats.
At 3 grams per ounce, both raw and dry roasted almonds contain a decent amount of fiber that keeps you feeling more full than a carb-based snack.
Raw and dry roasted almonds have about 6 grams per ounce of protein. This also affects your feelings of fullness.
Dry roasted almonds cooked without oil contain about the same amount of fat, 14 grams per ounce, as raw almonds.
Hmm, so far here I haven’t presented any information that makes one stand out over the other. What else is there to look at?
No difference here either. Both raw and dry roasted almonds contain roughly 165 calories per ounce.
Both types of almonds contain magnesium, copper, manganese and calcium with only the dry roasted ones degrading slightly in vitamin amounts through the roasting process.
So what’s this business about bad almonds?
After spending quite a bit of time trying to find out a source of the negative information about dry roasted almonds, the most I could find were some message boards attributing this to raw foodists and Dr. Oz who said something about them on an Oprah show several years ago. Now I don’t know anything about Dr. Oz, but based upon my opinions of other doctors from that show, I’m inclined to ignore it.
Update 1/17/2015: Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong!
There is absolutely no concrete evidence that I can find that suggests raw almonds are significantly better than dry roasted almonds.
Conclusion – Grab Some Nuts
I’m not a nutritionist, I’m just a fit guy that has consistently eaten almonds of both the raw and dry roasted varieties for years. What is there to take away from the raw almonds vs dry roasted almonds controversy?
I like the taste of the dry roasted ones better. Based on the lack of information about any negative effects of the dry roasted variety, I’m going to keep on eating them.
Eat ’em dry roasted, eat ’em raw. Avoid them if they’ve been cooked in extra oil and avoid them if they’ve been salted. Otherwise, go nuts… in moderation.