Chestnut â€“ Chestnut Benefits and Nutritional Value
Chestnut is a very popular nut. Chestnut has lots of benefits. Chestnut are low in fats and have a high starch content. Chestnut are eaten boiled or made into flour, added to soups and stuffings, baked or roasted. Chestnuts have a sweet and mild flavor.
Chestnut is primarily grown in Japan, China, Italy and Spain. The height of Chestnut tree is 30 to 60 feet. There are more than 100 varieties of Chestnut trees. Some produces single nut and others clusters of nuts. The tree which produces single nut are believed to be better for cooking and have more flavor. This is referred to as marrons in France. The smaller variety is called Chataignes, which is ordinary chestnut. Chestnut flour can be used to prepare pasta, cake, muffins, pies, pastries, pan cakes and tarts.
Chestnut Nutritional Value:
Chestnuts are high in fiber and lower in calories as compared to other nuts. Per 100 gram of Chestnut yields –
- Riboflavin – 0.22 mg
- Vitamin B: Thiamine – 0.22 mg
- Niacin – 0.6 mg.
- Calcium – 27mg.
- Phosphorus – 373 mg.
- Iron – 3.8 mg.
- Fat – 4.1 gm.
- Calories – 377
- Protein – 2.9 gm.
- Carbohydrates – 34 gm
- It is a good body builder fruit and is advised in emaciation cases.
- It helps in care of teeth and pyorrhea treatment.
- Chestnut leaves are used for fever remedy.
- It is used as a remedy for convulsive cough like whooping cough and other respiratory conditions.
- Chestnut can help repair blood vessels leakage and microscopic holes.
- Chestnut consumption can also make the vein wall elastic and hence prevents damage and swelling.