Chestnuts for Energy

by Niki  Kefala

Three years ago I went to Rome. It was a very cold February. I remember a street vendor was selling chestnuts and I bought some. They were so warm and tasty that I will never forget this feeling. So, I figured that chestnuts and winter are a great combination. In addition they have many benefits for our health. Small but powerful!

Moreover, chestnuts are a very good body builder food, are low in fat (195 calories per 100 g) and they have a sweet flavor. They are usually eaten boiled or roasted, but the choice is yours. The are yummy and enjoyable either way.

chestnut casserole

Bye bye cholesterol

Chestnuts contain high levels of essential fatty acids (like oleic acid and palmitoleic acids), which are beneficial to cardiovascular health and proper neurological development in infants. The fibre content of chestnuts makes them a low glycemic index food which is necessary to help reduce blood cholesterol.

A nut with vitamin C

They are also high in vitamin C, minerals, such as potassium, copper and magnesium, amino acids and antioxidants that offers protection from harmful free radicals. In fact, they are the only nut that has vitamin C. Strong teeth, bones and blood vessel walls are some of the benefits vitamin C provides the body.

chestnut bourguignonne pie

Full with energy

Further, chestnuts are also rich in many important B-complex groups of vitamins and they are are free from gluten. They help in the care of the cough and their leaves are used as a fever remedy. Chestnuts are high in carbohydrates and they are the perfect way to give energy to your body besides exercise.

So remember before you go out in the cold, eat some chestnuts to warm your body from the inside out, just like I did once upon a time in Rome.

Christmas chestnut caramel shortbread






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