View Full Version : Are canned water chestnuts raw?
09-02-2007, 12:22 AM
this is not something I typically eat, but the can says: chestnuts and water and that's all...only found one post and can't seem to find anything else on it. Thankx for any input.
09-02-2007, 12:26 AM
Nothing canned is raw.
09-02-2007, 12:46 AM
...will definitely note that, but with a big boo hoo and a big thank you for answering my question so quickly and so late! Also, what about the raw food section in Wholefoods? ie: cacao in a huge jar? what looks like alot of flax seed crackers wrapped in plastic? and the plastic wrapped 'raw food bars' is this section truly raw?
09-02-2007, 03:07 PM
You have to read ingredients carefully. Very few foods can be jarred raw, and no cans are raw. The jarring process involves heat and high pressure, which is why the food don't rot. Sometimes foods that won't rot are put in jars (never cas) like some raw olives, they MUST be marked raw, and personally I've only seen them online. Raw tahini, nama shoyu, and cold pressed oils are other examples of foods in bottles or jars that are still raw.
I've seen packaged "raw" foods that don't have 100% raw ingredients :( There aren't laws really about what can be called 'raw', ie 'raw' casheews that haven't been roasted, but have been boiled to remove teh shells, are what we see at the market marked 'raw'. A friend of mine bought a package of 'raw' cookies at whole foods, and later read the ingredients, they in fact were not raw.. she called the company and they said 'well we dind't cook them' but they were made with un-raw ingredients, duh! I even bought some macaroons from a raw foods site that have vanilla extract (pretty sure that's not raw) and maple syrup (definitely not raw).
So read the ingredients, raw cacao powder is truly raw, if that's what you're looking at. It's easy to make raw flax crackers so it's likely that they're truly raw if they're marked raw. I've sen raw bars that aren't 100% raw so check on that.. although I did notice that the unraw ingredients are things we usually except, like that vanilla extract and maple syrup.
Hope that helps ;)
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