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A Guide to Antinutrients – Huel Nutrition

what our anti-nutrients? Anti
nutrients are constituents of food which they themselves might have a nutritional
benefit but actually lower the nutritional value of the food by
reducing the effectiveness of some of the nutrients in that food
examples of anti nutrients include protease inhibitors these affect the
action of the enzymes involved in protein digestion so if you have too high
amount of these and you might not get the full effect of the protein and
they’re often found in in some sorts of beans
another example is white kidney bean extract this affects the action of
saliva amylase which is an enzyme in your mouth which is involved in
carbohydrate digestion oxalates found in some plant foods
this can affect calcium uptake and bioavailability. Glucosinulates are
found in things like Brussels sprouts spinach cabbage broccoli these are
interesting because they affect the uptake of iodine glucosinolates are
therefore issues for some people with thyroid problems other more interesting
types of anti nutrients are flavonoids calcium and phytic acid I’m talking
about these together because they affect the amounts of zinc iron manganese and
some other minerals that are found in food so they can be an issue for people
on a strict vegetarian diet or vegans flavonoids themselves are antioxidants
which are great for quashing the free radicals that contribute to heart
disease some cancers and even the signs of aging
so we need plenty of them and they’re found in things like tea coffee in a lot
of plant foods and they’re great we need a good intake of calcium for healthy
bones and muscle contraction however we have to watch when we’re having calcium
foods because it can reduce the amount of iron that’s absorbed phytic acid is
the most interesting all the anti-nutrients I feel because it’s the
one that impacts human diets the most phytic acid is itself a very strong
antioxidant so a very good thing to consume but it can
reduce the amounts of iron zinc and manganese like I said many people are at
risk of iron deficiency anemia especially ladies and people on a strong
vegetarian diet so you have to make sure you’re getting enough iron and zinc in
your diet if you having a diet that’s rich in phytic acid foods that are rich
in phytic acid include cereals like oats and wheat and barley as well as seeds
including flax seeds and sunflower seeds so people at risk of iron deficiency
anemia from having too much phytic acid includes women and people on a strong
vegetarian or vegan diet so how do you make sure you have enough iron and zinc
especially when you’ve got things like phytic acid and calcium and some of the
flavonoids that could potentially reduce the amount you’re actually absorbing
well start you make sure you’ve got a good intake and fortunately many
plant-based foods are high in iron and zinc but a particular interest is
vitamin C vitamin C can significantly counteract the effects of phytic acid so
consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C like some fruits and veg or take a
vitamin C supplement will really help people who are at risk of iron
deficiency anemia and make sure you’re getting enough I hope you’ve enjoyed
hearing a bit about some of the main anti-nutrients today if you want more
information you can read our guides and articles section on huel.com.

Randall Smitham



  1. Acrd. Posted on October 19, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Tried making pancakes using huel and it doesn't work. The inside doesn't cook through.

  2. Chuck Freeburg Posted on October 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I was shocked at how little there is on youtube about antinutrients. Thanks for your video.