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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Antinutrients
Anti-nutrients often come with nutrients in our diet.
An example is spinach, which contains both iron (nutrient) and oxalic acid (anti-nutrient which impairs absorption of the iron). Cooking often destroys or inactivates the anti-nutrient qualities of such compounds, but most plant foods contain some. Eating a varied diet helps limit the potential absorption issues anti-nutrients could cause.

In brief: Antinutrients
Anti-nutrients often come with nutrients in our diet.
An example is spinach, which contains both iron (nutrient) and oxalic acid (anti-nutrient which impairs absorption of the iron). Cooking often destroys or inactivates the anti-nutrient qualities of such compounds, but most plant foods contain some. Eating a varied diet helps limit the potential absorption issues anti-nutrients could cause.
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