HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHESTNUTS
Chestnuts are to be considered sweet rich in flavor fruits, very popular in the cold season. We can eat them both raw or roasted. It is hard to consider chestnuts as a fruit, even if half of their composition is made up of carbohydrates. This contributes to make chestnuts an ideal energy food to be consumed in the cool days of autumn and in winter.
Most people prefer eating roasted chestnuts, that are usually sold in the streets, although those boiled with some added smell are not bad at all! In the latest year, I noticed an increase in chestnuts’ prize; however, they can be considered a valid nutritional supplement, especially for vegans.
Actually, chestnuts are one of the less caloric nuts. Their fat content is very low and they are full of carbohydrates, water, fats, proteins and a good amount of fibers.
One should not forget that chestnuts also contain other important minerals that play a very important role in our diets, such as: sodium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and copper. Not bad for a such a fruit!
Vitamins and Amino acids
Chestnuts have abundant:
– Vitamin A, B, B2, B5, B6, B9 and even vitamin C
– Amino acids, such as: acids alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, histidine, heucine, lysine, methionine, proline , serine, tyrosine, tryptophan, valine and threonine, glycine, cystine, isoleucine, fenilananina.
I can’t say which nutritional supplement could contain the same benefits of chestnuts. Moreover, chestnuts have always had a good reputation for being poorly digestible food. Then you can say that the most common way to taste chestnuts is to roast them. If cooked well, they are very tasty!
Since chestnuts are usually sold in winter, especially during Christmas time, I think that sellers have raised prices. In my opinion, I believe that is better to spend money for a health roasted chestnuts, rather than buying a nutritional supplement from a shop.