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Phytates Revisited – What are Phytates?

In the Paleosphere, there’s a lot of negative talk about phytates. Found in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, we classify them as anti-nutrients because they decrease the bioavailability of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium and they’re known to cause mineral deficiencies and accompanying deficiency diseases in cultures that rely heavily on grains as dietary staples. When eaten excessively, phytates may impede the function of pancreatic enzymes and interfere with digestion, contribute to bacterial overgrowth and increase gut … Continue reading


The Calcium Conundrum

There’s a calcium craze going on right now in this country.  In order to fulfill the lofty calcium RDA of about 1 gram per day, women everywhere are eating dairy like it’s their job. On top of that, people are supplementing extravagant amounts of the stuff in the form of  sugary, chocolatey calcium candies and pills. Despite all this, osteoporosis rates are not decreasing. Here's another paradox. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis and one of … Continue reading

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Reader Questions Answered

We received a couple great questions recently - one on the role of nuts in the Paleo diet, and Paleo Plan in particular.  The other is yet another continuation of our story of Barb, but it's on the importance of breakfast for weight loss.  Read on! Here's the first one on nuts. I noticed in the menu that there is a decent amount of nut products used. I, however, just read an article regarding the anti-nutritive properties of nuts and … Continue reading

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Why No Grains & Legumes (and Nuts?): Phytic Acid

In my recent post, "Why No Grains and Legumes? Part 1: Lectins", I gave you one good reason to stop your greedy little hands from dipping into the proverbial cookie jar: lectins.  Those sticky little proteins that help cause leaky gut, and therefore an immune response to foods, are one of the main culprits driving the Paleo movement.  There's more to the story, though, and today we're going to cover phytic acid, which is also found in grains and legumes. … Continue reading