Chestnut is one organic superfood that is deliciously filling and teeming with health benefits. It’s the only true nut in the family of fagaceae that is packed with powerful vitamin C.
Chestnut is probably one of the first organic superfood eaten by man that dates back to prehistoric times. Historical records of nut consumption by humans dates back more than 6000 years. The ancient Greeks considered it superior to walnuts and almonds. Legend has it that during their retreat from Asia Minor around 400 B.C., the Greek army relied heavily on their stored chestnuts which helped them survive. The Greeks were also said to have introduced chestnut to Europe. A remarkable organic superfood that have been grown in the mountainous areas of the Mediterranean for 3000 years and was a primary source of nutrition. In China, this nut has been cultivated more than 2000 years.
Nutritionally, chestnut is much more like a whole grain. A deciduous plant that belongs to the genus, castanea. It is enclosed in a prickly case called burr that splits open when it ripens and has a creamy white flesh with a sweet taste. Rich in flavor and versatility, this organic superfood has become very popular in Greece as well as in other countries around the world where it is sold freshly roasted or served with other dishes. With a starch content twice that of potato, it is often ground into meal for breadmaking which is why chestnut was also nicknamed the “bread tree”.
And unlike other nuts, this organic superfood is extremely healthy and fairly low in calories and fat. And aside from being rich in vitamin C, it is an excellent source of other vitamins like Vitamin B complex, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin including a bunch of essential mineral namely magnesium, zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Chestnut is also a very good source of dietary fiber that is proven to lower cholesterol level in your body by limiting absorption of excess cholesterol in your intestine. Chestnut is also a good source of palmitoleic and oleic acid, which are mono-unsaturated fats that helps manage both the LDL and HDL cholesterol in your blood system.
One great thing about this top-notched organic superfood is that it is gluten-free, a good one to add to your list. And there are only a few gluten free food around. Taken in moderate amount daily, there’s no reason why you should not include this wholesome nut as part of your healthy diet.
Chestnut fact: In Athens, Greece a large chestnut tree that is more than 6ft in diameter still bears nuts. It was planted by the Romans 600 years ago!
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