What are chestnuts?
Chestnuts are an edible nut from trees are are in the same family as the beech tree. They grow in green, spiky shells that reveal the nut when peeled. They are typically in season in the UK from October to December. In contrast to other nuts, chestnuts have a low-oil and high-water content, hence their unique, soft texture.
Nutritional benefits of chestnuts
A 100g serving of chestnuts (raw) provides:
- 170kcal / 719kj
- 2.0g protein
- 2.7g fat
- 36.6g carbohydrate
- 7.0g sugar
- 500mg potassium
- 5.5g fibre
Top 5 health benefits of chestnuts
1. Good source of antioxidants
2. May support the heart
3. High in fibre
4. May improve blood sugar management
5. May help weight management
Are chestnuts safe for everyone?
Chestnuts are in a different botanical category to the eight tree nuts that pose a common allergy risk. That said, some people may be allergic to chestnuts despite safely tolerating both peanuts and tree nuts.
Raw chestnuts are safe for most people to eat, but because they contain tannins, they may cause digestive disturbance and nausea in some individuals.
Healthy chestnut recipes
Sprouts with chestnuts & crisp pancetta
Mushroom & chestnut rotolo
Roast parsnip & chestnut salad
Sweet potato & chestnut roast with tangy tomato sauce
Butternut, chestnut & lentil cake
Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon & chestnuts
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This article was last reviewed on 31 August 2021 by Kerry Torrens.
Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.
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