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antinutrient

[an-tee-noo-tree-uh nt, -nyoo-, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈnu tri ənt, -ˈnyu-, ˌæn taɪ-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
a substance that interferes with the utilization of one or more nutrients by the body, as oxalate and phytate, which prevent calcium absorption.
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antinutritive
[an-tee-noo-truh-tiv, -nyoo-, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈnu trə tɪv, -ˈnyu-, ˈæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples for antinutrient
  • Phytate, a component of seeds and grains, is an antinutrient that can bind to iron and disrupt the body's ability to absorb iron.
  • The food has antinutrient properties that inhibit the uptake of certain vitamins and minerals.

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