The many benefits of chestnuts. Plus, drink hot chocolate!
Late autumn is the best time to collect your own sweet chestnuts from parks and woodlands across the UK. Roast for 30 mins for a delicious winter snack.
Chestnuts are lower in fat than any other nut, with just 2.2g fat per 100g serving. In comparison, macadamia nuts, for example, have a fat content of 76g per 100g.
Their carbohydrate content of chestnuts is more like that of starchy foods such as corn or sweet potato than it is to other nuts, making them excellent fuel for runners.
A very good source of vitamin C (100g provides an impressive 43mg, which amounts to 70 per cent of the recommended daily amount).
Rich in B vitamins B6 and folate, and a good source of copper (important in the formation of red blood cells) and manganese, which is used in carbohydrate and fat metabolism.