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by 6 · about 8 hours ago

Oats can be fantastic (for those that do not have intolerance). For those who are not sensitive, all the arguments against oats can be countered. *High in phytic acid*. - can be neutralized by soaking in an acidic medium with buckwheat flour... (more)

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Yuki 0 · August 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I definitely get a bigger blood sugar spike after eating plain steel cut oats than sweet potatoes. Still not as bad as anything wheat-based. Almonds do very little to raise my blood sugar. That's probably the biggest reason people tout them as... (more)

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by 48 · about 8 hours ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoK_QdVve9EKristina really makes me feel like physic acid and omega 6 ratios and being afraid of nuts is crazy. She is GLOWING! LOOK AT HER! How come she can eat so many nuts, phytic acid, no animal fats and be so... (more)

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Faun 0 · August 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I also watch her channel on youtube mainly for raw desserts ideas. From what I understood she follows 80 10 10 raw vegan diet and it forbiddens from eating many fats. Fats can only contribute to 10% of your daily calories so she is not eating... (more)

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by 1005 · about 8 hours ago

many of us in the paleosphere are familliar with how diets high in phytic acid are bad, and last semester in order to actually stay focused on my homework I ate tons of chocolate and chocolate dipped nuts in order to bribe my brain to stay focused... (more)

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glib 0 · August 12, 2014 at 6:39 PM

the original connection between civilization foods and tooth decay was done by Price. I do believe that the identification of phytates, as the mineral sequestering agent, came later and is based on peer reviewed . But it could also be gluten,... (more)

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by 583 · about 8 hours ago

Fully embracing the paleo diet, every time I come across this sort of study or article I get a heavy, worried feeling like "what if we're all off our rockers" lol... Whole grains seem to have a lot going for... (more)

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AlmostFullyPaleo 0 · July 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Like the other posters said, whole grains are just a certain type of fiber. You can get fiber from more healthful, paleo sources like potatoes, yams, and other starchy tubers (I eat white sushi rice as well and love it). If you stick to paleo... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Other than bad quality unshelled walnuts, it's pretty hard to find nuts where I live. Especially nuts like macadamia, cashews, etc, I have yet to find raw or unshelled at all. So I would like to ask the paleo connoisseurs here, if soaking roasted... (more)

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raydawg 0 · July 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

You won't find free phytates in foods, they're already bound to minerals. It's probably pointless to soak nuts if they're already roasted.

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Are nuts important to buy organic? I only eat a handful of raw brazil and mac nuts daily, but can't find organic ones, so I get them from the grocery store.. Bad?

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samanthaalys 0 · June 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Try for raw nuts that you can soak/dehydrate/sprout at home. Soaking of the nuts helps in decreasing phytic acid present in the nuts, which helps in improving nutrient uptake and digestibility. I personally have experienced that soaking helps... (more)

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by 2302 · about 8 hours ago

I have read that Brazil Nuts do not need to be soaked (despite being the highest in phytic acid). I recently started eating 2 per day for Selenium and it would be easy to toss them in some salt water in the morning or night before to let them... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

You know you're close to the crazy line when you worry about whether two nuts need to be soaked and dehydrated… because phytates! Phytates really are only an issue when a staple food contains a lot, and you're eating a very restricted diet.... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

I have white spots under my fingernails. I use cronometer and it shows that I take in about 16.5mg of Zinc dailyfrom beef .. but I eat it with white rice which contains phytic acid (albeit small amounts) and about 1mg of copper... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 07, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Try a zinc tally test. May not be perfect, but it seems to work. I bought some from amazon, shake the bottle, put one drop on your tongue and swish it around. If it takes like water, you need more zinc. The stronger the taste (to the point... (more)

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by 0 · September 28, 2014 at 4:10 AM

The gist of my question: how are nuts/seeds justifiably paleo (as a significant caloric source)? Many nuts and seeds have more antinutrients than grains do, especially in phytic acid content. They are also in the same boat as grains in that... (more)

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wtfgod 0 · March 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Not too educated on the topic, but here's my two cents. Isn't there something wrong with every food? Quite a few foods have phytic acid, oxalic acid, gluten, phenoestrogens, ect... If one was to eliminate any food with anything wrong... (more)

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by 48 · about 8 hours ago

How does phytic acid deplete minerals? Mean if I eat rice with a steak will I not absorb any zinc? I don't understand. Phytic Acid is an anti-nutrient component found in rice, (also found in some nuts and seeds) which bonds minerals and can... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 14, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Contrary to what has been stated here, phytate can and will bind with the zinc etc. from meat in a mixed meal. An adult male only needs to absorb about 1.5mg of zinc per day, so a paleoer eating a lot of red meat doesn't really have to... (more)

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by 15 · about 8 hours ago

I found an article about pigs being supplemented with phytase and came to the conclusion that phytase from white flour could counterbalance the phytic acid in nuts making nuts less harmfull? so would that mean if you ate white bread before eating... (more)

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BGottfried 0 · July 03, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The important thing to consider is that phytase is an enzyme and thus has specific conditions under which it will actually break down phytic acid. A full write-up on phytase can be found... (more)

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by 15 · about 8 hours ago

Or is the phytase unable to work on other foods phytic acid? example, combining white flour - high phytase with nuts - high phytic acid

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CD 0 · June 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Generally speaking there is limited evidence that phytase naturally found in food (like wheat) can be properly utilized by humans to breakdown phytic acid. Thus people learned to develop ways of soaking and sprouting grains and seeds to make them... (more)

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by 3280 · September 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM

My chiropractor (with 38 years of experience) is adamant that my muscle cramping & twitching is from low calcium, and not now magnesium. Last year when I ruled out deficiencies of calcium & magnesium, I did so using pills. My doc asked:... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · July 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

The high calcium doesn't doesn't seem to be the solution for my muscle cramping, edema, headache. I'm still experimenting, but the oxalates seem high on the suspect list. Mike

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by 3280 · about 8 hours ago

I'm trying to get up to speed on phytic acid and I'm still confused: If you eat almonds, is the problem that: phytic acid binds to the minerals in the almond and prevents the almond's minerals from being absorbed, or the phytic acid also... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Let's see if I can elucidate a bit. Phytic acid binds phosphorous (the phytate part of the molecule) - it is literally comprised of phorphorous, which renders it unusable to humans. Phytic acid chelates other minerals - meaning, that it "traps"... (more)

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by 1600 · September 29, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Not entirely in bone broth that would be a waste... but do you think adding a bit would counteract the mineral leeching effect of phytic acid? *Just to be clear- I am talking about brown rice PASTA only. On the rare occasions I do make rice I... (more)

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glib 0 · April 20, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Traditionally over large areas of the world phytates would be counteracted by the even stronger acids of fruits. Hence, the dietary norm of finishing a meal with a fruit (apples have a pH of about 3.3), dressing greens with vinegar (pH=2.8), or... (more)

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by 1772 · September 28, 2014 at 3:56 AM

I know that similar but not exact questions have been asked before, but I would like some fresh perspective. I average about a handful of almonds a day. Sometimes I feel like they make a good snack or can round out a meal nicely. The rest of my... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

No, don't listen to the scare tactics. Nuts like almonds are a great source of nutrition (especially magnesium and vitamin E, which are pretty scarce in most diets). Anyone who likes nuts and isn't allergic should eat a lot of them. In general,... (more)

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by 3280 · about 8 hours ago

I'm really not sure my problem is electrolyte balance (though for some reason I keep coming back it this hypothesis), and I'm kinda grasping a straws here but: Twice recently, I went from feeling great to severe systemic muscle cramps (calves,... (more)

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Lesley_1 0 · February 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Hi CaveMan_Mike, I've battled with cramping, too. I can't speak to your question on Kale, but I can share what's killed my cramping problem. I've found three things to be helpful on this front: taking a daily magnesium supplement, eating quality... (more)

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by 571 · about 8 hours ago

Does phytic acid bind to all the minerals, including magnesium? I eat about 30 grams of toasted wheat bran per day and I was wondering whether I actually absorb the supposed 180 mg of magnesium in it.

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Mscott 0 · February 07, 2013 at 6:55 AM

You definitely won't absorb all of the magnesium, but you'll absorb some of it. However, you may end up increasing your excretion of other minerals and possibly vitamins, even ones not in the bran (see links below). That's the insoluble fiber and... (more)

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by 1021 · about 8 hours ago

i am going to transform my entire backyard into a microfarm next spring in order to cut food costs. i would like to grow some calorie dense crops, so im womdering out of all the known grains (including less popular ones like buckwheat), what is... (more)

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Jackie_4 0 · December 23, 2012 at 6:00 AM

I grew up on a small farm and grains can actually be a huge pain to grow. You need to invest in specialized equipment and be prepared to thresh! If you really want a grain, I would go with corn (easy harvest) or with legumes, since beans and... (more)

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by 1021 · about 8 hours ago

the only way I like drinking milk is in the form of chocolate milk. but cocoa apparently contains a lot of phytic acid.

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Jamie_14 0 · November 03, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Phytic acid (also called ip-6) is an inositol precursor, and anti-carcinogen. If you consume it seperately from mineral rich foods, and do so irregularly, Id consider it health promoting.

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by 570 · about 8 hours ago

I have heard that dark chocolate has lots of magnesium. I have heard that dark chocolate has lots of phytic acid. Doesn't the one counteract the other or am I wrong on one of these points? Thanks for your help!

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Flip_2 0 · July 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I would not rely on "pleasure foods" as nutrient staples. Red Wine, coffee, dark chocolate, honey and such sould be consumed as a comfort option, rather than a daily source of anything. Just as in the same fashion as always, the key is "rotation,... (more)

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by 385 · about 8 hours ago

So through paleo, I've managed to figure out that I'm gluten and dairy intolerant. My family sticks to paleo about 95% of the time, and we had a little cheat last night. My husband picked up some corn chips to go with our guacamole. We've had this... (more)

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KiwiRed 0 · March 15, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Corn chips are made from more than just corn. The cheap supermarket varieties here are about 25% vegetable oil by weight (and you can put money on the oil not being EVOO), so it's not just the corn you have to be aware of. (I'm not saying that... (more)

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by 313 · about 9 hours ago

I was wondering if germinating seeds results in the reduction of some minerals, including magnesium and potassium, since these minerals are water soluble. I know it is said the vitamin content increases but I do not hear much about the mineral... (more)

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by 313 · about 9 hours ago

If I made my own rice milk, with brown rice, or if I bought some, a good organic brand with ingredients I am comfortable with of course, would it contain a significant amount of phytic acid? I know a good amount of phytic acid is supposedly... (more)

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dav 0 · December 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Water doesn't "break down" phytic acid. The affected minerals - zinc, iron, calcium and others - are insoluble when bound to phytate. Boiling does not generally raise the temperature of these mineral phytates sufficiently to break their bonds;... (more)

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by 313 · September 28, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Does anyone know around how many milligrams of minerals are bound to phytic acid in one's diet? I read somewhere that the ratio was 1 mg of Phytic to 1 mg of calcium but I am not sure. I also read that there was a study that showed phytic acid at... (more)

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April_S_ 0 · December 04, 2011 at 4:54 AM

I couldn't really find a specific ratio but here's an old study done on the effect of absorption of calcium by phytic acid. You can see the results on Table 2. And here's another paper on phytic acid and other minerals. (more)