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    Phytic acid in nuts?

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    Almonds 1,280 mg/100 gram

    Cashews 1,866 mg/100 gram

    Chestnuts 47 mg/100 gram

    Hazelnuts 1,620 mg/100 gram

    Peanuts, toasted 933 mg/100 gram

    Jif peanut butter 1,252 mg/100 gram

    Black walnuts 1,977 mg/100 gram

    English walnuts 760 mg/100 gram

    This is all I could find. But does anyone know the phytic acid levels in pecans and macadamias?

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    Fun fact: phytic acid seems to inhibit cancer.

    Cancer Inhibition by Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6) and Inositol: From Laboratory to Clinic

    Phytic acid is good for you.

    Phytic acid seems to inhibit absorption of iron...wow, how many people are deficient in iron? Seriously. It is a complete non issue.
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    Phytic acid also inhibits zinc absorption - anyone who suffers from autoimmune disorders or bad skin should not be ingesting a lot of phytic acid.

    I soak nuts in warm salt water, then dehydrate - this removes the phytic acid; they end up tasting better that way, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguls View Post
    I soak nuts in warm salt water, then dehydrate - this removes the phytic acid; they end up tasting better that way, too.
    Is it bad to eat them wet? Or does it just seem kind of disgusting so not many people leave them that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakura_girl View Post
    Is it bad to eat them wet? Or does it just seem kind of disgusting so not many people leave them that way?
    Yeah, they're kind of gross right after the soak. All wet and...squishy.

    That said, soaked cashews can be pureed into deeeelightful things.

    But I wouldn't eat a handful of soaked nuts. No ma'am.

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    I eat them immediately after I've soaked them, I did read that you should rinse them well and never drink the soaking water because its very acidic in the body.

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    That's why some strict paleo (from what I've been listening to, so far (podcasts)) restrict nuts. I've more or less, stopped eating nuts with regularity, and I think I'm all the better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimhensen View Post
    Phytic acid seems to inhibit absorption of iron...wow, how many people are deficient in iron? Seriously. It is a complete non issue.
    Yes, because pregnant ladies never have a problem with...oh wait.

    Iron-deficiency anemia in pregnancy | BabyCenter

    Dunh dunh dunh!

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