Is There Engine Fuel on Your Almonds??

Did you know that engine fuel is on most almonds sold in the US? I heard that but didn't believe it at first. Then I did research and found out that it's true. Here's why there might be engine fuel on your almond and what you can do about it.

I’m always interested in what is going on in the food industry, for example with the FDA shutting down probiotics companies and raiding raw milk farms, police squelching lemonade stands, people going to jail for drinking raw milk, and more.

Now, there’s almonds and engine fuel?  What’s wrong with this picture?

Everything.

Did you know that the “raw almonds” in the grocery store, health food store, or at Costco, are most certainly not raw almonds at all?

And did you know that they are most likely coated with a fuel additive.  Jet engine fuel additive, to be specific.  As in for racing cars and motorcycles.

I know.  I couldn’t believe it either.  Ick.

I first heard about this problem about 3 years ago when visiting another whole foods friend in a Chicago suburb.

My friend told me something about a chemical called PPO being sprayed on almonds.  Like many new scary-sounding bits of natural information (like heavy metals, mercury in vaccines and fish, personal care products in water), I thought, “Oh yeah, sure.”  Then I asked her to show me proof.  Just in case she was right, you know :-).

Well, she produced a copy of an article outlining the problem.  I got home, did my research, and found out that she was right.

Yes, Virginia, there just might be engine fuel on your almonds.

Why is There Engine Fuel on My Almonds?

Basically, it’s another case of government regulation run amuck.

In 2001 and 2004 there were two outbreaks of salmonella poisoning that were traced back to almonds.  33 people became ill, but no one died.  (Contrast that to the thousands of deaths caused by prescription drugs each year, yet the government continues to laud their safety over and above natural supplements and diet change.)

As a result, tons of almonds were recalled.

The Almond Board of California (ABC) panicked, started pasteurization of all almonds and asked the USDA to mandate it.

If you guessed that the governmental agency was all-too-thrilled to comply, you were right.

As a result, all almonds in the US are now pasteurized either by:

  • steam
  • freezing (this is rare) or
  • PPO (propylene oxide).  According to Local Harvest, PPO is “a chemical so nasty that it was banned by both the National Hot Rod and American Motorcycle Racing Associations, where it had been used as a fuel before being deemed too dangerous.”  (why is it not safe enough to be used as a racing fuel, but it’s OK to spray our almonds with this??

Just so you know, I called Costco and they verified that their almonds are sprayed with PPO.  A Midwest natural foods supplier, Country Life Natural Foods, said that typically their almonds are steam pasteurized, but it is best to inquire whenever ordering from them (I have since heard from a reader that Country Life’s conventional almonds are treated with PPO :-(.)

By the way, I am not a total raw foodie, but keeping your nuts raw gives them added nutritional value.

You can read more about raw foods and how to make nuts and seeds more digestible in my post on How and Why to Soak Nuts and Seeds.

How to Get Really Raw (or at least “fuel-free”) Almonds

Unfortunately, there aren’t many options out there.

1.  You can purchase “sproutable” pasteurized almonds.  I haven’t done enough research into this to know if they are really more nutritionally beneficial than the steamed almonds.  I have seen these in our local health food store and they are really pricey (about $11 per pound).

2.  Purchase imported almonds from Spain.  My most recent internet search for these yielded shocking prices of about $13.99 per pound

3.  Find a raw almond buying group that buys almonds direct from almond farmers.  There’s a little loophole in the pasteurization law that makes it an option to get truly raw almonds as long as you buy them direct from a farmer.  I had one of these out of my home and we bought loads of almonds every fall.  Not sure if I will keep going it as it was a boatload of work this last year. 

4.  Become friends with an almond farmer :-).

5.  Grow your own almonds (not an option here in Michigan :-).)

6.  Contact the Almond Board.  Maybe if enough of us do, they’ll stop pasteurizing almonds.  One can only hope.

7.  At the very least, contact your current almonds supplier to make sure that they aren’t spraying engine fuel on your almonds.

8.  Read my review on Just Almonds, a seller of delicious almonds that are pasteurized with steam.  You can get 10% off your order with CODE WNM as long as their ad is in my sidebar :-)!  We LOVE these almonds!!!

Can’t believe this?  There has been so much news of the government over-reaching its reasonable bounds that it simply makes my head spin.

More Posts on the Government and Food

You can read more about some of the more egregious moves of the government in the “Land of the Free” here:

US Moves Closer to Banning Natural Supplements

US Government Says, “Don’t Take Probiotics – Take Arsenic Instead!?”

Government S.W.A.T. Team Shuts Down Raw Milk Farm

Mothers In Jail – Parental Rights, the Government and Medicine

Is your head spinning yet?

Take a deep breath.

Share this alarming information with others and do what you can to wake others up to the need to protect our food freedoms and keep toxic chemicals off of our foods.

How about you – did you know that “Raw Almonds” aren’t really raw?

Where do you buy your almonds?

Source:  Local Harvest

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  1. Wow. This is crazy information… thank you for posting and doing this research. Ever since I realized something is wrong with the food we eat, the products we use in our homes and on our bodies, etc., it’s been like a never ending struggle to purge my life of chemicals and habits detrimental to my health. What are your thoughts on Geoengineering and Chemtrails?

    Keep spreading the light ~

  2. I was on Just Almonds website 3 days ago to place an order. When I went to checkout, I wasn’t given the reduced price for the volume I ordered. I emailed the company through their Contact Us link. Later in the day, I called them on the phone and left a message. I did not receive a reply, so I emailed them again yesterday. To date, I have not heard back from anyone. Has anyone else had an issue with their customer service?

    Do you know of another company that sells almonds without jet fuel?

    • I see my previous comment is still awaiting moderation. However, I am providing an update. I emailed the company again this morning and called again this afternoon because they still have not replied to my previous emails or my previous voice mail. As of this time, I still have not received a reply. The issue I am having is when I add items to my cart, I am not getting the discounted rate for buying more than 5 lbs. I would go elsewhere to purchase almonds, but there prices are better than other websites that sell non PPO almonds. Adrienne, have you ever had an issue with them?

      • Hi Laurie, I am so sorry I haven’t responded to you yet. I have been swamped w/ internet and phone problems and a bunch of family things. I emailed Just Almonds and didn’t hear back. I just called them as well. I am not happy. Let’s keep in touch about this. I obviously can’t have this kind of customer service problems w/ no accountability. I am OK if there are mistakes but not with no answers.

        Thanks,
        Adrienne

        • Hi Adrienne,

          I just finished reading your article on the problems with buying almonds from Costco and other large retailers. I wanted to write and introduce ourselves. We are a family owned almond grower in Bakersfield California, GF Orchards, and provide fresh Almonds straight from our ranch. Funny you talked about internet problems, we too are having problems, but hope to have them resolved this week. The website will be back up and running. I would love to provide you and any of your followers with our prepackaged almonds in any quantity you would like. We just finished harvesting the non-pariel variety and they will be ready for delivery in the next week or so. I look forward to hearing from you and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to write.

    • Hi there. I don’t know what to do about this. I have emailed and called. I will give them a little more time, but I am looking for another source.

    • Hi Laurie. I finally heard back from them. My main contact was apparently on vacation. I am still waiting to find out why no one responded to my calls, but here is her reply about your checkout problem:

      ” She needs to follow all the way thru with he order and the computer will automatically put in the discounted price. She also has to put in your code to receive that discount. Once the shipping and billing info had been entered. The correct price should come up.”

      I hope that helps!

      • Thanks for the info Adrienne. I still haven’t heard back from anyone since my initial contact on August 3. That is just not acceptable. Maybe something will come about with GF Orchards (per the above post), because I don’t think I want to give my money to Just Almonds due to the poor customer service.

        • I’m so sorry. I emailed them again. I am looking around – one other source I found is very expensive. Hoping we get a good solution.

          • I finally heard back from Just Almonds. It was from a Diana who said she was sorry but “we were out of the office for two weeks.” I am not sure how large this company is, but it should state on their website and voice mail when calling that they are closed for the specified period of time.

            In the meantime, I have ordered two separate times from nuts.com. They were phenomenal. They have organic almonds which have no PPO. Both orders were shipped the same day I ordered and I received within 2 days. Shipping was very reasonable.

            • Hi Laurie, thanks. I told them that we were very upset. They told you that “they” were out of the office for two weeks and not just one person?

              How did you feel about the cost of the nuts.com? Their organic almonds are pricey but I am willing to consider offering them to my readers. What did you think about the pricing?

              Thanks so much.

  3. What about roasted almonds? Would they be subjected to PPO if they are to be roasted?

  4. This probably means that there is PPO residue on all the commercial almond milk, almond flour and almond butter products too! Where does it end? Thank you Adrienne for exposing these toxic practices!

    I’m wondering if Organic Certification bars the use of almonds with PPO pasteurization? Have you checked into that? It seems like I read something recently that said organic almond products could only use almonds that were steam pasteurized, but it’s possible I dreamt this up as a product of wishful thinking. My memory is not always reliable – a byproduct of food toxins I’m sure : (

    • Apparently they can’t have PPO on organic almonds. I am likely going to have to look for a new supplier for my readers. Not hearing back from these folks now :(.

      • Thanks for the response. That’s a VERY helpful detail to be updated/added to your article so your readers know they can avoid PPO by buying organic almond products. They might miss this info if they don’t read comments.

        It would also be helpful if you dated your articles. I’d like to know when something is older because I often read older articles on blog sites. I only know they are older because of the dates of some of the comments.

        Thanks again for all the valuable info you provide!

        • You are welcome. I had dates before, but folks would email stating “I know this is old….do you still feel the same way” so it’s a problem either way that I do it. Not sure what to do in the future but I will take your comment into consideration. Thanks!