Phytic acid is a naturally occurring acid found in many grains and beans often associated with digestive problems. It can also cause problems absorbing certain minerals and nutrients from other foods.
Digesting Phytic Acid
Phytase is produced by microbes in very small quantities in the gut of humans and larger quantities in ruminants whose diets are rich in grains.
As humans naturally produce little phytase, this makes it harder for our body to absorb and can lead to digestive discomfort with phytic-acid rich foods.
Sprouting grains and seeds helps to make them more digestible by breaking down some of the plant's naturally-occurring enzyme inhibitors.
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