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is it ok to eat snacks high in phytic acid (walnuts, pecans and cocoa) if you are not eating for a few hours?

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Created November 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

As opposed to eating them with a meal, which could block the absorbtion of important minerals?

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What is the proof that the skin contains the acid?

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Soaking, per se, doesn't remove/inactivate phytates. For instance, you must remove the skin from a soaked almond to get rid of the phytic acid it contains. Soaking brown rice, by contrast, doesn't allow you to remove the bran coat from the grains.

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at 07:56 PM

Soak em and roast em! It does seem smart to separate them from your nutrient-dense meals, imo.

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at 05:27 PM

I'm a phytic acid skeptic. It is all over the internet as something to fear and yet the research seems skimpy to me. Some places say it's good and most say evil, yet many don't cite any research and seem to pick it up from the nether world. Your approach sounds reasonable compared to the soak it until it is devoid of flavor approach or a bowl of mush. Don't tell anyone but I mixed raw cocoa into some kefir yesterday and drank it all down, must have blocked my calcium absorption from the kefir.

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on November 15, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Soaking, per se, doesn't remove/inactivate phytates. For instance, you must remove the skin from a soaked almond to get rid of the phytic acid it contains. Soaking brown rice, by contrast, doesn't allow you to remove the bran coat from the grains.

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on November 15, 2013
at 04:42 PM

Hell yeah! Have at it, it's not going to block absorption substantially, since there's no absorption of anything else being blocked in an empty stomach to begin with, except your hunger that is :)

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