Fuel

The many ben­e­fits of chest­nuts. Plus, drink hot choco­late!

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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