Chestnuts, what a delicious fruit! This edible nut of the Castanea species of deciduous trees is typically in season from October to December, so November is the perfect time to enjoy them on an open fire! Low in fat and high in fibre, chestnuts are a healthy ingredient which add plenty of texture, flavour and goodness to any dish! Keep on reading to discover all chestnuts health benefits!
- Good For Digestive Health
Chestnuts are a good source of fibre (5.1g per 100g), which is very important for our digestive system. Did you know that just 10 roasted chestnuts include 17% of fibre needed for the day? They also reduce the risk of constipation and intestinal complications such as diverticulosis, lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels, and can help keep you full, which means they contribute toward a healthy weight.
- Highly Nutritious
Chestnuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals. They contain all the B vitamins and vitamin E. Unlike other nuts, they are higher in carbohydrates (containing 28g per 100g), but they are lower in protein and fat. The good news is that nearly all the fat in chestnuts is a ‘good fat’ or unsaturated fat. They are also a good source of manganese, an antioxidant, which reduces the risk for cancer and heart disease and plays a key role in the aging process.
- Good For Our Bones
Other nutrients found in chestnuts include calcium and copper, which help build strong bones and teeth as well as making sure our blood clots properly. They also contain iron which is important for making new red blood cells, and zinc which helps to make new cells as well as wound healing.
- Increase Energy Levels
As said before, while other nuts like peanuts or almonds pack in protein, chestnuts contain high amounts of complex carbohydrates, which our body digests slowly and are used for short and long term energy. They also have a less immediate effect on blood sugar, reducing potential picks.
- Support Brain Function
chestnuts also contain fat-soluble B vitamins which help produce red blood cells, promote healthy skin, and improve brain function. 85g of chestnuts contains 21% of the recommended daily intake of B-6 and 15% of folate!
Chestnuts can be consumed boiled, roasted, dried or in the form of jam or flour. They are the perfect ingredient for the festive season and they are healthy too!