Why does the "Active D-lightning"-settings affect the RAW-file?

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Why does the "Active D-lightning"-settings affect the RAW-file?

I thought a RAW file out of the camera is always without any camera presets like Active D-lighting? What am I missing?

In situations where I want to use JPEGs directly out of the Nikon Z6II or Nikon Z50, I often use Active D-lighting (ADL) in the camera. It seems overall okay.

When I choose to save in RAW or RAW + JPEG in the camera, I am very surprised that the settings in the ADL affect the settings of the RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

When I open a RAW file in ACR, White Balance changes to Temperature and Tient. Exposure, Contrast, Highlight, Shadows have also been changed. I need to turn off the ADL if I want to start working in the RAW file without presets.

I have always had the understanding that a RAW file is without presets.

Why are these presets from ADL settings included in the RAW file? What am I missing?

Many thanks in advance.

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Nikon Z6 II Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 Nikon Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +6 more
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