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  1. So, I looked around the site for a bit and found no real info on antinutrients. I would like to share my knowledge of antinutrients and ways to destroy them. Now, antinutrients are compounds found in all foods, with higher concentrations in vegetables, lower concentrations in fruits. These compounds either bind certain nutrients (calcium, iron, zinc, etc.) or inhibit the body's ability to properly digest food, losing some nutrition. interestingly, dietary fiber is also an antinutrient. Anyway, ways of destroying antinutrients includes germinating, cooking, fermenting, and malting foods. Some foods should be eaten raw for best nutritional quality. Most fruits and cruciferous vegetables fall into this category. Members of the spinach family, dark leafy greens, or plants high in oxalates should be cooked. Foods high in carotenoids such as tomatoes and carrots should also be cooked, as this releases more of the antioxidants and vitamins. try skinless sweet potato cooked together with mashed carrots. All nuts should have their hulls and skins removed. blanched nuts are great, but some nuts could be "activated" (marketing term meaning sprouted) to remove antinutrients. Almonds (my favorite nut, and an excellent source of vitamin E), can be processed in the following way. Put a good amount of organic, raw almonds in a bowl, rinse them until the water is clear, and then fill them with fresh water, a little bit of salt, and a little bit of some kind of acid. Leave them in the water for a few days, until you notice some sprouting. Drain the almonds, dry them,and then pop them in an oven or preferably a dehydrator. dehydrate them until crunchy, and you now have a healthy snack with most if not all antinutrients removed, but still retaining maximum nutritional value. For now, this is as much as I have readily available. As I learn more through my own research and my nutrition classes, I will likely update this topic. Other people should feel freeto share their knowledge of removing antinutrients,so we can have a comprehensive guide to the absolutely best methods of food preparation. I hope you all like this topic and find the information useful.
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