Our expert says:
This is an interesting question! I do think that you will not actually obtain many minerals from the water that fibre bran has been soaked in, because the minerals in high-fibre foods are bound or 'chelated' by the high phytate (a chemical compound) in the fibre so that they are not readily available for absorption. The chelating process would not be destroyed by soaking the fibre bran in boiling water. A chemical reaction is required to break the bond between the phytate and the minerals.
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