While natural and raw almonds may look the same, they're actually different. Raw almonds haven't undergone any cooking process, while natural almonds have intact skin, but they may still be cooked. The advantage of apricot kernels, wild almonds, etc. because of their vitamin B17 content, which is related to their cyanide content, is that they seem to offer some protection against cancers that represent the above-mentioned environmental and foodborne threats.
If the place where you shop offers other things, such as almond flour or roasted almonds, this is classified as a processor, which means that they are not allowed to sell unpasteurized almonds, so they are breaking the law or are scamming you. A serving of raw almonds has 30.7 grams of these healthy lipids and a serving of roasted almonds has 31.3 grams. I've known this for a long time and it's very frustrating to see that “raw almonds” are still sold in TJ and other places when in fact they aren't raw. Almonds also provide phytonutrients and nutrients produced by plants that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
You should keep in mind that many processors mix conventional and organic almonds due to the difference in price, which also makes up for it. Raw almonds naturally have a brown powdery substance, which is what they look like when you open the almond shell and get to them. It's not toxic or anything like that, it's a good way to know if the almond was processed or not, all the almonds I bought at Costco, etc., retail stores don't have this kind of feeling in almonds, it's because they're not raw. I've noticed that my local Whole Foods company has started selling really raw Italian almonds near the bulk product section.
In fact, producers can export their unpasteurized almonds to other countries, so the law has nothing to do with consumer safety and, unfortunately, it's about the California Almond Board protecting its market share. When supplies finally ran out, I was surprised to discover that, even after the ban was passed, raw almonds and raw almond butter were still available in abundance on store shelves. If I hadn't been a raw food enthusiast at the time, this news probably would have gone unnoticed by me. Almonds are no longer grown from sprouted almonds, but are instead grafted onto fruit trees, eliminating imported bitter almonds (cyanide).
Almonds that are still grown from sprouts are allowed to include 20% of bitter nuts in their products. Raw almonds have a slightly higher phosphorus content, providing half of the daily requirement for that mineral, while roasted almonds of the same size provide 46 percent. I'm sorry. I thought the REASON WHY they can't be sold raw is because of the cyanide in almonds and because they needed heat (or other) treatment to make them safe.