We have Shawn Wells for the entire hour on One Life Radio today! He’s talking about Antinutrients. Wells has written a guide to help, which I’m using in this post.
Here’s an excerpt to help better understand antinutrients:
Plants are inherently healthy, right? Yes, and no. We just expect plants to be good for us, because that’s what we’re told, but the truth is that we have to be careful about what we eat, no matter what the source is. Some natural compounds are poisonous to us, like arsenic, and some (too many) natural foods are contaminated with one of the most detrimental ‘anti-nutrients’; round-up! The bottom-line is that while plants are healthy for us, some do contain natural compounds that are counterintuitive to our health. These compounds have been collectively called anti-nutrients. Just because plants are natural doesn’t mean they’re healthy. include Phytates, Oxylates and Gluten, and are a class of compounds found in plants to help them survive. In other words, defense mechanisms for the plant. You can prepare the plants you eat in certain ways to minimize the effects of anti-nutrients.
Wells says to just vary your diet, and you’ll be fine. And, even Shawn says that even he has cheat day.