What is it? So glad you asked! A phytate - or rather, phytic acid - a little something that has a big, important job in the food we eat, but it never gets treated quite right and causes all sorts of problems when left unattended.
Think of it like a diva. You gotta treat her right or she'll just claw your eyes out - or in this case, your digestive tract - with her acrylic nails.
Your average cereal grains - wheat, spelt, rice, oats, most nuts, several fruits and veggies and the queen mother of all phytic content: the soybean - they all have phytates. These are essentially enzyme inhibitors.
|Can you see the phytates? No? Look closer...|
*snicker...gotcha...they're kinda invisible:)*
Very good and important things!
What do they do? Are they good? Are they Bad? What do you do with them???
My friends...you've come to the right place. I am a baker of extremely nutritious breads and cookies and other things. By way of explaining why I bake the way I do, I'm gonna fill you in on the many reasons why you should be eating the stuff I am baking.
Stay tuned and send me questions. I'm digging in to a series on Whole Grains and How to Love Them!