Phytic Acid is a natural substance found in plant seeds. It is found in foods we eat like all plant seeds, nuts, bran, legumes, and grains. The amount of Phytic Acid found in these types of food can vary. A lot can change how much Phytic Acid is in the food you’re eating. How old food is, it’s growing location, fertilizers, and even planting change the amount of it in the food. Phytic Acid is the main storage form of phosphorus in plant seeds. Some amounts of Phytic Acid can be harmful because the Phytic Acid absorbs minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. The Phytic Acid takes in the minerals you need in your body before you can have them. Some people refer to it as an anti-nutrient because it can cause mineral deficiency. This is not a huge problem for people who eat well. Their balanced diet help equal out the amounts of it. Since all plants and beans have different levels of Phytic Acid people who eat many of those would need to be careful. Vegetarians may need iron or other mineral supplements because of eating to much it. It can be reduced by soaking, sprouting, and fermentation. When you soak the beans or grains it removes the Phytic Acid and other anti-nutrients. Sprouting is a process in which people malt the plant and thus the Phytic Acid level goes down. When fermenting the bean or whatever they let it sit out with yeast and the Phytic Acid breaks down. It is not always necessary to remove the Phytic Acid though. It has many health benefits like stopping cancer.

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