The term “Raw” is very misleading and most of the time is very inaccurate and false. Neither the FDA nor the USDA has set an official definition for the term Raw. Anyone can label their food product “raw” if they desire. The term “raw” as most of us believe and understand is any uncooked, fresh, unprocessed, and often organic food. The term “raw” as applied to many products is far from the truth and used merely as a marketing term. The term “Raw Powder” is an oxymoron.
Any powdered food of any kind is not raw by even the most basic definition of the word and stretch of the imagination. This is merely a marketing term. You probably have seen this word used on most spirulina powders.
In order to make a spirulina powder the fresh living spirulina must go through many processing steps including spray drying at high heat, (many add chemical fillers, binders, and flowing agents), packaging and long term storage, then irradiation at the port of entry to the USA. The process of spray drying explodes the cell structure of the spirulina into millions of pieces. It is no way a whole food as nature created.
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