For centuries chestnut has been part of diets in Mediterranean countries and in the mountain countries, until its honorary place on the table was taken away by potatoes.
Chestnut has abundance of carbohydrates and proteins. According to the chemical composition, chestnut is more similar to the grains than the example of bananas, citrus fruit and kiwi. Due to the large amount of vitamin B, chestnut is compared with the bread. This is a precious fruit protected by the double layer that nature gave it. Hard crust and sharp spines protect the chestnut not only from fast falling, but this way it is out of touch with all the toxic and polluted particles in the atmosphere.
This wonderful natural ally against all types of physical and nervous exhaustion is easily digestible. It improves the general condition of the body, and is indispensable in all traditional cuisines. The only drawback is its high energy value: 100 grams of fresh chestnuts contain 189 calories, 100 grams of roasted chestnuts contain 193 calories, when boiled it contains 120 calories per 100 grams, and dried chestnuts contain 360 calories.
Chestnut is ripe for elimination of chronic fatigue. It is especially recommended for children, athletes, the elderly and people who are exposed to physical and mental effort. Those on a diet should give up this delicious gift of nature and should not be taken as a dessert after the hearty meal.
Besides calories, this fruit contains starch (22.3% of total weight) and it is a real treasure trove of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium (regulates blood pressure), phosphorus, iron and calcium. Chestnut does not contain water. It has much less water bananas, pineapples, apples, grapes and oranges.
It boosts us up with vitamins A and C and is also rich in B and PP (niacin), nutrients that are converted into energy.
Due to the large amount of fiber, chestnut is a natural laxative.
Tip: roasted chestnuts are not recommended for those with gastritis. Instead, you can prepare yourselves mashed potatoes (cooked) that cannot be harmful and are good for everyone.