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Sprouted Nuts and Seeds and Phytic Acid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2011 at 4:29 AM

I have read several sources saying that sprouted seeds or grains still contains phytic acid and the many sites I have read have studies done only for sprouted grains and there was still 30 percent left in some grains. Does anyone have any information about the phytic acid content of sprouted nuts and seeds as the nuts and seeds are less phytic acid-dense and everywhere I read it says "sprouting neutralizes the phytic acid", "destroys the phytic acid", or "there is very little phytic acid left" and I have heard this said a large amount of times, from very prominent and popular sites, for grains but I have viewed studies and had to read all the complicated language to see that many, and I don't know if most, sprouted grains still had a significant amount of phytic acid in them. Thank you for anyone who has any advice or who has tried to help.

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on December 09, 2011
at 07:39 AM

This was a very useful response RichfrmTx and I really appreciate this. These sites provided some good information as well and helped me out.

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on December 09, 2011
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I am completely blown back by this response. What a dense response with value Jeff and you have just provided a lot of useful information for my question and this will be very helpful. This will make a difference lol.

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:45 PM

If they are germinating, then aren't they seeds after all?

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I've obviously previously looked into this quite a bit. With all that being said, I don't think we need to completely eliminate phytic acid. There are plenty of good threads on here about that... http://paleohacks.com/questions/80109/are-phytates-phytic-acid-no-longer-an-issue#axzz1fux7r7op

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on December 08, 2011
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I know they're not seeds or nuts, but.....

This study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814610003274

showed phytic acid in brown rice to decrease by 13% after 24 hours of germination.

This http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814604001116

showed a 71% decrease in *corn after 144 hours of germination.*

Multiple studies have shown large decreases (33-99%) in phytic acid content of sorghum, although other studies have shown large increases in phytic acid after germinating between 48-168 hours.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jsfa.2740580107/abstract

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/els/03088146/1999/00000064/00000003/art00118

http://www.aensionline.com/rjabs/rjabs/2008/500-504.pdf

http://www.mendeley.com/research/changes-tannin-cyanide-contents-diastic-activity-during-germination-effect-traditional-processing-cyanide-content-sorghum-cultivars/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2010.02211.x/abstract

Multiple studies have shown large decreases in phytic acid content of millet after germinating between 24-144 hrs.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814696002063

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11982437

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17415952

And Buckwheat was shown to have a 44% increase in tannins after 168 hr of germinaion

http://lnmcp.mf.uni-lj.si/Fago/SYMPO/2004sympoEach/2004Sympo-50.pdf

*It's also worth noting that the polyphenols generally increase considerably with germination

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on December 08, 2011
at 05:27 AM

I've obviously previously looked into this quite a bit. With all that being said, I don't think we need to completely eliminate phytic acid. There are plenty of good threads on here about that... http://paleohacks.com/questions/80109/are-phytates-phytic-acid-no-longer-an-issue#axzz1fux7r7op

Aa1f07e23a47aed0d07b712645e0d213

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on December 09, 2011
at 07:38 AM

I am completely blown back by this response. What a dense response with value Jeff and you have just provided a lot of useful information for my question and this will be very helpful. This will make a difference lol.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:45 PM

If they are germinating, then aren't they seeds after all?

Aa1f07e23a47aed0d07b712645e0d213

(313)

on December 09, 2011
at 07:39 AM

This was a very useful response RichfrmTx and I really appreciate this. These sites provided some good information as well and helped me out.

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