Phytates along with Lectins are classified as Antinutrients. Grains have a lot of them, certain nuts more than others, oats, beans, and seeds all have ‘em. It’s the principle storage place for Phosphorous in plants, particularly bran and seeds. Good for the plant…bad for us. Humans lack the enzyme Phytase, which is required to break down and digest Phytates.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Antinutrients are defined as: “natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with the absorption of nutrients.”
Maintaining optimal Gut Health begins with avoidance of foods that damage the small intestine, hamper nutrient absorption, and foster damage once inside circulation. The major problem with Phytates is their binding to, and interference with the absorption of key minerals such as Iron, Zinc, Calcium, and Magnesium. Lack of these minerals can be directly linked to bone loss, cavities, and anemia. Although soaking or fermentation can reduce the amount of Phytic Acid, it is marginal. Regular consumption of grains and beans, once again, is proven to be a train wreck for the body.