Dilworth, Lowell L.; Omoruyi, Felix O.; Simon, Oswald R.; St. A Morrison, E. Y.; Asemota, Helen N.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Basic Medical Sciences
Effect of Consumption on Sweet Potato (Ipomea,bataas) Phytic Acid Extract on Blod Glucose, Liver Function and Faecal Mineral Loss: A Case Study With Rat Model
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 1
Background: Phytic acid is a major phosphorus compound in plant seeds and is also found in significant quantities in roots and tubers. Phytic acid binds to essential minerals thus rendering them unavailable for intestinal uptake. These minerals may therefore be egested from the body along with the faeces. The presence of phytic acid and other anti-nutrients in the diet may also result in carbohydrates being slowly digested. As a result blood glucose levels are controlled and this is desired in diabetes mellitus. Apart from binding in minerals, phytic acid is also thought to regulate the process of digestion by binding to some digestion products thereby dalaying the onset of diabetes and hyper lipidaemia. Phytic acid may also prove beneficial as it is thought to impair starch digestion hence help in blood glucose control. (AU)....