Chestnuts are more similar to fruit than true nuts. They have a spiky skin and a dark brown shell that must be removed before eating. Chestnuts, low in fat and high in vitamin C, are more similar to fruits than true nuts. They have a spiny husk and a dark brown shell, both of which must be removed before eating. Chestnuts have been a food source for thousands of years. They can be eaten raw, roasted, ground into flour or mixed into baked goods. They grow on trees in the genus Castanea, and many species in this group can live to an impressive 500 years or more.
Below are exceptional health benefits of chestnuts according to health experts.
Chestnuts are rich in vitamin C, making them unique among nuts. In fact, half a cup of raw chestnuts provides you with 35 to 45 percent of your daily vitamin C intake.
Chestnuts lose some of their vitamin C if you cook or bake them, but they still have 15 to 20 percent of your daily intake of this healthy vitamin. To preserve more vitamin C in chestnuts when cooked, you can roast them at lower temperatures or use a food dehydrator to dry them.
Antioxidants and minerals like magnesium and potassium help reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues, such as heart disease or stroke. Chestnuts are a good source of these nutrients and can help boost your heart health.
Chestnuts can also help improve your digestion. These nuts are a good source of fiber, which helps keep you regular and supports the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. Chestnuts are also gluten-free, which makes them a healthy choice for people with celiac disease.
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