Phytic Acid / Phytate - Malabsorption Agent
Phytate/ Phytic Acid
What is phytic acid ?
Phytic Acid is the storage form for inositol (a B
vitamin) and about 70% of the phosphorus in plant seeds –
it is especially
found in the outer hulls of grains,
legumes, nuts, and seeds. Higher amounts are found in plants grown using
high-phosphate fertilzers (typical ly used commercially) rather than natural
Srivastava BN and others. Influence of Fertilizers and Manures on the Content of
Phytin and Other Forms of Phosphorus in Wheat and Their Relation to Soil
Phosphorus. Journal of the Indian Society of Soil Science. 1955
It’s molecule is basically an Inositol
with six phosphate groups attached (a
(Phytic acid, myoinositol hexaphosphate, IP6)
Phosphorus as a component of phytic acid
is organic and indigestible - and if consumed, without first being broken down by
it will pass out in the stool.
What is phytate ?
Phytate is phytic acid bound to a mineral –
i.e. its minerally chelated form
Phytic acid can bind to minerals in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes and also to
minerals in your digestive tract that you have consumed in other foods -
ruminants, humans are unable to break down phytic acid and if not broken down
prior to consumption (using a suitable preparation method that produces phytase
enzymes) it can cause several health issues related to nutrient
availability/utilization when consumed on a regular basis:
impact utilization of protein and starch/carbohydrate
with lipid absorption.
However, consumed in moderation,
phytic acid also confers some beneficial effects.
Acid - Good or Bad?
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