What are Antinutrients?
Antinutrients are compounds found in nuts, seeds, cereals, pseudocereals, legumes, soy, nightshades and cruciferous vegetables. There aare different types of antinutrients:
Antinutrients with known harmful effects to human health:
- Phytic acid or phytate: found in legumes and grains
- Anti Trypsin inhibitors
Antinutrients with known benefits to human health:
How do Antinutrients work:
- They can inhibit amylase, trypsin and pepsin making more difficult to digests proteins, carbohydrates and other nutrients making fermentation and gut dysbiosis more easy to exist
- Block the absorption of minerals: zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese,etc.
a. Eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A can counteract phytate and increase iron absorption.
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