Okay, I checked up the wiki page for this and it has the following:
Food sources of Phytic Acid
Sesame seeds flour
Soy protein concentrate
Whole wheat bread
Of the above foods, I eat brazil nuts and almonds. Actually I eat quite a lot of almonds. Should I consider removing them from my diet or am I taking it up all wrong?
The wikipedia article also says that lactobacilli and other gut flora provide phytase to break it down, though it doesn't say how much is produced. 1.35-3.22 percent of dry weight (almonds) is much higher than wheat too.
I know, which has me confused!
Soaking almonds and nuts in general helps to remove/deactivate at least some of the phytic acid.
But then could you not just say the same about some grains? I thought one of the big things with the anti-grain stance was that they contained anti-nutrients?
Yes, soaking/fermeting grains does lower the antinutrient level just as it does with nuts. I believe that most nuts though are higher in vitamins/minerals/beneficial stuff than most grains. Also they are much lower in carbohydrates of course. And most people consume nuts in small enough quantities that the antinutrients are not really an issue, especially if they have been soaked. The same can't be said of grains.
You're definitely right to be concerned. I believe Mark has actually gone over this in the past, along with a few other internet paleo personas. The general consensus I believe is that you shouldn't be using nuts or seeds as a primary dietary fuel. While they do contain phytic acid which can cut down a bit on your nutrient absorption they are also high in fat while only having a minimal amount of carbohydrates. This differentiates them quite significantly from the grain/legume as well as the fact that the grains/legumes can contain many other hazardous compounds more detrimental than just their phytic acid content.
Considering they are a seasonal type food (not produced naturally year round) it's probably best to stick to eating them in such a fashion.
Originally Posted by ProtoAlex