What is it?
Phytic Acid, also known as Phytates, are commonly found in plant seeds. This is a naturally occurring chemical that works as a protective mechanism to the plant, allowing it grow and not be over-consumed by animals. While Phytic Acid has some anti-oxidant effects, it also binds to Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and other nutrients, thus preventing their absorption and in use the body. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
Foods that are highest in phytic acid are soy, pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans and peanuts though other beans, seeds, nuts and grains may be high in phytates as well.