Also known as Phytic acid or phytate – the storage form of phosphorus – is one of those pesky “anti-nutrients” the Paleo community keeps telling you to avoid.
It’s often considered an anti-nutrient because it binds minerals in the digestive tract, making them less available to our bodies.
Phytic acid can bind minerals in the gut before they are absorbed and influence digestive enzymes. Phytates also reduce the digestibility of starches, proteins, and fats.
Source: Andrews, Ryan; “Phytates and phytic acid: Here’s what you need to know”, www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-phytates-phytic-acid