Phytates – A Forgotten Side of “Wheat”
Phytates, also known as phytic acid or inositol hexakisphosphate, are a form of stored phosphorus found in many plant-based foods, particularly grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes. They play a significant role in the biology of plants as a storage form of phosphorus, but they also have nutritional implications for humans and animals.
Phytates have both positive and negative effects on human nutrition:
- Nutrient Inhibition: Phytates can bind to minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc in the digestive tract. This can reduce the absorption of these minerals, potentially leading to nutrient deficiencies in people who rely heavily on phytate-rich foods….
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