Chestnuts, unlike other nuts and seeds, are relatively low in calories; contain less fat but are rich in minerals, vitamins and phyto-nutrients that benefit health. Nutritionally, chestnuts are similar to other starchy foods such as sweet potato, sweet corn, potatoes etc, consisting of mainly starch. However, they also contain high quality proteins.
Nutrition of Chestnuts
Chestnuts contain large amounts of manganese, copper and potassium. Phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and calcium are also present in smaller amounts. Chestnuts are a good source of vitamin C. Other nutrients include vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin K, niacin and panto thenic acid. The protein in chestnuts is of very high quality, comparable with eggs and is easily assimilated by the human body. Chestnuts are free of cholesterol and sodium, and unlike other nuts, low in fat. Being low in fat, it is often compared to grains. It also has good amount of dietary fiber. Chestnut contains around 200 calories per 100 gm.
Health Benefits of Chestnuts
Chestnut is a good body builder food and recommended in cases of emaciation ,wasting away of body tissues.
Chestnut aids in the care of the teeth and treatment of pyorrhea.
The leaves are used as remedy in fever.
Chestnut is use in convulsive cough such as whooping cough and in other condition of the respiratory organ.
Chestnut can help repair microscopic holes and leaks in blood vessels and capillaries; it can also help make the vein wall elastic therefore preventing swelling and damage.
They are good source of dietary fiber.