Chestnut, unlike other nuts, is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Have you ever asked yourself “why are chestnuts good for veins and why you can’t gain weight by eating them”? This autumn fruit has a lot of health benefits.
It is the only nut which consists of only a gram of fat and even less than 70 calories in 70 grams.
In addition, chestnut is the only nut which consists of vitamin C, actually, only 85 grams of chestnuts are enough for your daily intake.
Chestnuts are rich in folates, which is quite a rare but unique feature for nuts and seeds (they can mostly be found in some green vegetables). It supplies the organism with B1, B2, B6 vitamins and folic acid.Folic acid is required for the formation of red blood cells, and DNA synthesis. Adequate consumption of food rich in folates during the peri-conception period helps prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.
Chestnuts are a great source of fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels.
If you want to use all the health benefits this nut has then, during the season, you should eat about 85 grams per day.
Chestnuts are rich sources of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, and a very good amount of potassium (518 mg / 100 g). Potassium helps counter hypertensive action of sodium, lowers heart rate and blood pressure.Magnesium and phosphorus are important components of bone metabolism.
Chestnuts are gluten free
Not only chestnuts, but also almonds and hazelnuts are gluten free. That is why it is often used by those people who avoid gluten.
Unlike other nuts, chestnuts are very similar to sweet potatoes and corn because they contain starch. Chestnut flour, baked chestnut or chestnut puree, are all very light and easy to eat. In Italy, especially in Tuscany, chestnut flour is used for ice-creams, cookies, sweet breads, soups, sauces.
Chestnuts help in digestion and kidney problems. Chestnut tea soothes asthma symptoms and bronchitis.
According to it is very important to see the difference between horse chestnut and edible chestnut. The first one should not be eaten but it is very healthy when used as tincture or a cream. It is mostly used in treating varicose veins and broken capillaries. It can also be used in treating hemorrhoids or enlarged prostate and in reducing PMS symptoms.