Low in fat and cholesterol free, chestnuts are fruits to be consumed in this time of year, and beyond. Full of vitamins and minerals, chestnuts are extremely healthy and have many health benefits. They are used in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine for thousands of years being considered an essential food for body toning.
Read below why is healthy to eat chestnuts.
Strengthen your joints and improve blood circulation
In traditional Chinese medicine, chestnuts are considered as a natural medicine for tonifying your kidney, improve blood circulation and strengthen the lower body parts such as your back, knees, ankle, tendons, and joints.
They are lower in calories than other nuts
While nuts are high in calories (100 grams contains about 700 calories), chestnuts have a lower calorie content, only 170 calories per 100 grams. Therefore, they can be the perfect choice to be included in your diet if you are engaged in the fight against the excess of weight.
Chestnuts are high in fiber
Another reason why you should eat chestnuts is that they are a good source of fiber. For example, 100 grams of chestnuts contain six to eight milligrams of insoluble fiber content that is higher than in the case of walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios.
Improve the digestive system
Chestnuts are rich in fiber. Therefore they are a beneficial food for the digestive system. Soluble fibers are absorbed by water, reducing cholesterol and balancing blood sugar levels, while insoluble fiber prevents constipation and the risk of intestinal complications.
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They are low in fat than other nuts
Chestnuts are a good energizer
Due to the large amounts of carbohydrates (about 50 grams per serving of 100 grams), chestnuts are the perfect snack for you to overflow with energy all day. Carbohydrates find in chestnuts, are complex and your body digests them more slowly, which means that the energy is stored in the body for a longer duration.
Chestnuts prevent heart disease
Chestnuts have no cholesterol, and their high fiber content promotes lowering bad cholesterol, LDL, from the blood. Thus, they act to prevent cardiovascular diseases, reducing their risk by 20%. In addition, chestnuts are rich in manganese, a powerful antioxidant that reduces the harmful effects of free radicals.
They are rich in vitamins and minerals
Chestnuts are the only type of nut that is a rich source of vitamin C, but they also contain B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals such as manganese, folate, magnesium and copper.