When you hear the word ‘chestnut’ what comes to mind? Many people spontaneously begin singing Nat King Cole’s “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” song (well maybe not the younger crowd). Did you know that roasting chestnuts at lower temperatures helps to maintain their Vitamin C content? High heat roasting will remove much of this healthy vitamin.
The Vitamin C in chestnuts helps your body fight against free radicals (damaged cells) which can cause cancer. Additionally, Vitamin C supports healthy collagen, cartilage, muscle, and blood cells throughout your body.
Did you also know chestnuts have the lowest fat content of any nut? So, when you put out the bowl of Christmas nuts, make sure to crack open the chestnuts first. I’ll bet no one else will even notice your strategy in watching those Christmas fat grams!
The American Heart Association has given their stamp of approval to this healthy low-fat nut due to the mineral content in them such as potassium and magnesium. Chestnuts are also high in fiber, manganese, molybdenum, copper, vitamin C, B1, B2, B6 and folic acid.
There’s still time to grab some chestnuts to enjoy this Christmas! You can crack off the shell and eat them raw, or they can be ground into a flour, pureed for a soup, or added to stuffing, dressings, and vegetable dishes. They are a unique addition however you add them to your meal! And they are unbelievably delicious!
Must nuts are known for adding protein to the diet. However, chestnuts contain higher levels of complex carbohydrates, which help to slow digestion aiding in a healthy digestive tract and reducing the risk of blood sugar spikes, which can lead to diabetes. Therefore, nutritionally, they act more like a fruit!
Now you also have some fun facts about chestnuts to share with your crew this holiday season!
Plus…..here’s a great recipe of how to roast them!