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  • What's the *Truth* about anti-nutrients?

    Hey guys,

    I just read an article on BuiltLean.com and it was interesting because it talked about the anti-nutrients in wheat products like lectin. But what REALLY got me is that it said raw vegetables have lots of anti-nutrients too! Here's the article:

    Fitness Tips to Get Lean, Toned, & Lose Fat | BuiltLean.com

    I was shocked. They said that cooking veggies gets rid of the anti-nutrients. It's crazy because that flies in the face of the "raw food" movement. I mean, eating raw vegetables *sounds* like a good idea, but that article made me rethink it altogether.

    So what do you guys think about anti-nutrients? What are they? How much of an effect do they really have?

    Thanks,
    Raza
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    So what do you guys think about anti-nutrients? What are they? How much of an effect do they really have?
    They are elements found in food that interfere with the absorbtion of other nutrients (hence, anti-nutrient). Examples are phytates, lectins, gluten, lactose, fructose, casein etc. These are all different and need to be taken on a case by case basis as to why each one is bad.

    You've really got to work out for yourself what you are going to die in a ditch over. For me it's gluten. I'm basically ok with everything else.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rimam1 View Post
      So what do you guys think about anti-nutrients? What are they? How much of an effect do they really have?
      They could label water as an anti-nutrient. Drink too much and your body actually starts purging water (and anything in that water) from cells.
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      • #4
        Yeah, it's a pretty meaningless term.
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

        Griff's cholesterol primer
        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
        bloodorchid is always right

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        • #5
          I am not sure about anti-nutrients, but I am getting too much gas and bloating from fresh bread, so I very seldom eat it. But is this anti-nutrients from wheat or something related to fresh bread only? Because I don't get the gasses and bloating from other wheat products like Cake rusk, not that I eat them too often though…
          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

          - Schopenhauer

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          • #6
            Do you react that way to other products made with yeast?
            “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Owly View Post
              Do you react that way to other products made with yeast?
              In my case it seem to be fresh bakery products that makes most problems, but I have not tested it much. Maybe many people that believes to be gluten intolerant, reacts to fresh bakery products as I do? The mecanisms behind this I don't know, my brother have the same...
              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

              - Schopenhauer

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              • #8
                Here's a pretty good podcast on the subject (Kresser and Lelonde)
                What Science Really Says About the Paleo Diet – With Mat Lalonde

                <edit>full transcript on site, too
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                • #9
                  Anti-nutrients tend to be nearly gone with the high amounts of processing and heating of white flour and other white flour products. They are probably not the problem when it comes to what they cause. The high processing tends to cause more diseases like obesity and diabetes caused by insulin surge. Mineral deficiency are common among these people, but mostly because they lack mineral-rich foods not the fact that of anti-nutrients which probably don't mean much at all, IMO.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                    I am not sure about anti-nutrients, but I am getting too much gas and bloating from fresh bread, so I very seldom eat it. But is this anti-nutrients from wheat or something related to fresh bread only? Because I don't get the gasses and bloating from other wheat products like Cake rusk, not that I eat them too often though…
                    By fresh bread, do you mean not toasted? I know toasting it changes the amino-acids and some other chemical reaction. There's a name for it that I forget, so maybe the toasting makes it easier on your gut. I remember going to school with a girl who could only eat toasted bread.

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