What Are Anti-Nutrients, And Should You Worry About Them In Your Food?

What are Anti-Nutrients, and should you worry about them in your food?

One of the most confusing controversies in the world of health and nutrition is the debate about ANTI-NUTRIENTS. For example, hot issues about Anti-Nutrients include but are not limited to these compounds… Grains have PHYTATES. Spinach has OXALATES. Apple seeds have CYANIDE. Legumes have PURINES and LECTINS. Broccoli and cabbage have GOITROGENS. Recent scare tactics…

Can green smoothies “DEVASTATE” your health?

Sarah the Healthy Home Economist online recently posted an article about how green smoothies can “DEVASTATE” your health.  The content was so unsubstantiated that at first I refused to respond to it. But Amanda said, “She has a big audience and people are freaking out about it.” Sarah cites the oxalates phenomenon, wherein a natural…

Anti-nutrients….are you letting them scare you off whole foods? Part 2 of 3

Phytates.  Science actually knows very little about these anti-nutrients that some say rob your body of minerals. Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions teaches how to soak grains to neutralize phytates. (I discuss this issue and, for ease of digestion, teach it as an option in Step 9 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods, too.) However,…

What are phytates and how do I avoid them?

What Are Phytates? Phytates are a natural, acidic chemical compounds in the bran of grains that some experts say bind to calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc, making those nutrients less bioavailable and potentially leading to deficiencies.   The way around this issue, say authors like Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD  in Nourishing Traditions,…