I remember collecting all the spiky seed pods from the trees at my Grandparents’ house, sitting on the porch watching my Grandfather peel the shells off with his pocket knife. Eating chestnuts is a past time for me, a family tradition, a rite of passage that I was able to pass onto my son. I look forward to these robust nuts every year when the months turn colder. Chestnuts are a great mineral, nutrient and vitamin rich low calorie snack.
10 Health Benefits of Chestnuts
1.) High in fiber which is helpful for digestive health and helps you stay fuller.
2.) Higher in carbohydrates compared to other nuts which helps maintain energy levels and blood sugars.
3.) Rich in folates which is essential for the formation of red blood cells.
4.) Chestnuts contain 22% of the recommended daily value of copper. This helps improve bone strength, nerve functions, red blood cell formation and boosts the immune system.
5.) Contain potassium which increases blood flow to the brain improving concentration, retention and memory.
6.) Contain high levels of essential fatty acids which are important for heart health.
7.) Contain antioxidants.
8.) Higher in B vitamins which helps produce red blood cells, enhance brain function and promotes healthy skin.
9.) High in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system.
10.) Because of the high dietary fiber that chestnuts contain, they aid in the prevention and management of diabetes by helping prevent spikes and drops in blood sugar levels.