Health Benefits of Chestnuts
Chestnuts(castanea), unlike other nuts and seeds, are relatively low in calories, carry less fat, but are rich sources of minerals, vitamins and phyto-nutrients that immensely benefit health.Another unique feature of chestnuts is that they chiefly made of starch in contrast to other seeds and nuts, which are high in calorie, protein, and fat. Chestnuts nutrition composition is, therefore, comparable to that of other staple starch foods such as sweet potato, sweet corn, potatoes, plantain, etc., Nevertheless; they are still good sources of minerals, vitamins and some good-quality protein than cereals and tubers. They are a good source of dietary fiber (provide 8.1 g per 100 g), rich in vitamin C (100 g provide 43mg) and rich in folates. The nuts are an excellent source of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, besides providing a very good amount of potassium. Chestnuts rich source of mono unsaturated fatty (help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol)). Chestnuts, like hazelnuts and almonds, etc., free from gluten.
Chestnuts should be treated more like vegetables and fruits than nuts when it comes to their storage. Once at home, pack them and store inside the refrigerator, set with high relative humidity where they remain fresh for a few weeks.