I've seen a lot of articles warning that consuming phytic acid can prevent the body from absorbing minerals. They recommend soaking beans, chickpeas, lentils and other phytic acid foods before cooking them.
Phytic acid is an antinutrient found in grains and legumes which binds important minerals preventing your body from fully absorbing them. Consumption of high levels of phytates:
- results in mineral deficiencies, leading to poor bone health and tooth decay
- blocks absorption of zinc, iron, phosphorous and magnesium
- causes body to leech calcium
- lowers metabolism
- contributes to anemia
Researchers have found that if you can reduce the phytic acid in your food, you can improve your iron absorption markedly.
Does the phytic acid in food have a sufficient impact on mineral absorption to cause malnutrition and disease?