For a time I avoided eating foods high in phytic acid (also called Phytate). Why? I hear you ask. Well, it all started with a visit to the Dentist and I was startled when informed, I needed a filling.
I also had a chipped tooth from stupidly crunching on one of my son’s hard lollies, and had put off getting it repaired.
As I have always prided myself on healthy eating and having a strong healthy body and teeth. I was certainly surprised and took the opportunity to find out how this happened.
I have always been aware phytic acid is a compound which will inhibit absorption of some nutrients. Therefore, I took it upon myself to conclude eating too much food with this compound as the culprit.
In case you are wondering, yes I did go back to the Dentist and I did not need a filling. I was able to remineralise my tooth and the cavity healed itself. And the cracked tooth I had also repaired itself.
If you have any teeth problems going on, then the first thing you can look at, is how many foods high in phytic acid you eat.
Now, I am not contributing my teeth healing with cutting phytic acid alone, I likewise threw into the mix a lot of bone broth, dairy, MSM and vitamin C. I will give a full chronicle of my journey to healing teeth in another post.
Sugar was one more food source I had to look at. I was slipping back into my old ways and would find myself constantly munching on chocolate biscuits, milk chocolate and the like. So, that had to change too.
I began to do a little research on Dr. Price Western, you have probably heard of him. There are websites galore quoting his theories and studies on teeth.
If you are not familiar, allow me to enlighten you. Dr. Price Western was a dentist (1870 – 1948). He traveled the world studying teeth and is known for his hypothesis on dental health and nutrition.
Dr. Price Western mainly studied isolated groups. The Aborigines, Maori people, South Sea Islanders, Eskimos, Gaelics, Indians and African tribes to name a few. What he found was that a group of people who ate traditional diets had perfect white, straight teeth, with no cavities.
He then compared those living and eating traditional diets, to those people from the same cultures who were living and eating more Western foods. Those who were now eating a more Westernised diet, which included the white flour, white sugar, etc, experienced more cavities and crooked teeth.
Quite a lot of these people had diets consisting of lots of legumes, oats, nuts and seeds. Lots of foods high in phytic acid.
However, the difference is in the preparation, where legumes and grains are soaked for days at a time and usually sprouted before eating. Including a certain preparation was important for neutralising the phytic acid inhibitors. Something that is lacking in our fast paced western world of today.
Foods High In Phytic Acid And My Teeth
I am not saying there is a problem for all people with this compound and absorption of nutrients affecting teeth. In fact, foods containing phytic acid are good for helping with inflammation, will reduce blood sugar, and control obesity.
Grains and oats are a great healthy food source and I for one enjoy my porridge in the mornings. I just made a sensible decision to cut back on a number of foods high in phytic acid until my teeth repaired.
The minerals phytic acid will prevent the body from absorbing are magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. These minerals, in particular, are important for your teeth and gums.
For me, it made sense to cut out as many foods as I could until such time my teeth and gums were able to regenerate.
Foods With Phytic Acid I Stopped Eating
I stopped having my daily almonds, which are always a favourite of mine.
Several times I added LSA (linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds) was down to maybe once or twice a week.
Black beans were off the list for a while as were all other beans.
Another of my popular food, potatoes was kicked off my eating plan.
Curries were eating without the rice.
One of my favourite fruits to eat that has phytic acid is strawberries. I avoided this fruit too for a time.
As it was winter time when I was doing all this, and I loved making soups with lentils. I abandoned the lentils and just made lots of yummy vegetable soups.
My morning porridge of oats was sacrificed.
All in all, it wasn’t a huge disadvantage, and I can honestly say, that I actually felt better for it. I think I was eating way too many nuts and seeds before I began this journey. And beans, I was always making bean stews, soups, bean curries. I was addicted to beans.
Sometimes, it takes a little wake up call, before one will take a look at their diet. In hindsight, I really should have taken a look at what I was doing when I cracked that tooth on a lolly. Well, as they say, it is better late than never.
I definitely recommend taking a look at your diet, if you are having any problems with your teeth. You may be able to put off having any fillings or root canal done.
If like me, you are consuming lots of foods high in phytic acid, now maybe is the time to half that amount and give your teeth and gums time to repair and remineralise.