Phytates – A Forgotten Side of Wheat

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 … Continue reading Phytates – A Forgotten Side of Wheat