Yes, but Sally Fallon has some wrong ideas. I have replied to her to that
effect, with no response whatever. She speaks of phytates as being bad, because
of tying up minerals so people cannot get the minerals.
She is obviously no botanist. The phytic acid is a molecule with very
exceptional ability to hang onto TWELVE minerals. This is an exceptionally
large number, but it is needed because the plant is smart enough to know its
seeds are going to have a rough time before they get a good germination spot,
so it makes sure the seed has as tough & hard a seedcoat as possible.
That is why the phytic acid provides so many sites for minerals to hang
At the same time, the plant makes sure that, along with all those mineral
sites, there is a spot for also the enzyme phytase, that is the only one that
can allow those minerals freedom from the tight grip of the phytic acid.
However, when the seed finds itself in a safe spot for germination, it
releases that little bit of phytase enzyme, at the instigation of a bit of
water. The seed is smart enough to know that moisture is what will start the
phytase action, as it starts out on its own life to become a grownup plant, but
also realizes that the stored phytase it has will not be enough for the job,
so, as the moisture arrives and is able to let more phytase form, the phytate
molecule, so greedily hanging onto its 12 minerals, has to start letting them
all go free, because the extra available phytase enzyme is busy releasing the
So instead of blaming the hardworking phytate molecule, Sally Fallon should
learn enough about the whole affair to just add the advice: Make sure there is
enough moisture along with the seeds to be eaten, so the many minerals can be
freed for the human's diet.
It is not the fault of the smart seed that the minerals are still tied up; the
human wanting to get those minerals should be knowledgeable enough to supply
enough moisture for the minerals' release.
This error or hers keeps coming up somewhere, all the time.
Greg & Lei Gunthorp wrote:
> I think Sally Fallon and the Price-Pottinger Foundation make a pretty
> strong case that whole unrefined foods and animal products, grass based
> animal fat included, in fact contribute greatly to human health. Her books
> as well as their web site are good reading for those that really want to
> shed some light on the true nutritional problems of our industrialised food
> Was the comment about the sow and the judge really necessary?
> Best wishes,
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