Do I Need to Worry About Phytates?

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on October 9, 2019 · 0 comments

Phytates, natural compounds found in plants, are sometimes referred to as ‘anti-nutrients’ because they bind to some minerals and make them less available to your body. The amount of nutrients you absorb from any food you eat, depends on the other foods you are pairing with it, how it is cooked, and the composition of your overall diet.

Phytates are no different. Yes, they do bind some of the minerals found in foods. Whole grains, beans, nuts, and tofu are rich in phytates, However, if you regularly eat these foods, the effect of phytates on mineral absorption is reduced. Avoiding phytates means you would limit healthy foods in your diet for some perceived benefit that is minimal. And, you may be surprised to learn that phytates have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

Eating a variety of foods is your best option for good health.

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