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Are chestnuts healthy?

  1. Wild chestnuts are nuts that you may have saved as a child. But did you know that these nuts are not edible at all and even poisonous? Fortunately, there are also edible sweet chestnuts that offer very good nutritional value with many health benefits. What are these benefits and how toxic are the wrong (wild) chestnuts?

Two types of chestnuts, one edible and one dangerous!

  1. You should pay attention to the fact that there are several types of chestnuts. Which you can share in two groups. The edible chestnuts are the Castanea sativa, better known as the sweet chestnut (European) and the Castanea dentata (American). The inedible chestnut is the Aesculus hippocastanum (wild chestnut). The wild chestnut is dangerous to eat because it can cause stomach pain, kidney problems, muscle twitches and loss of coordination.

Minerals

  1. The sweet chestnuts are non-toxic and contain good nutrients. For example, there are a number of minerals in sweet chestnuts. One of these minerals is copper. Copper plays a role in oxygen transport in the body. It is also involved in the pigmentation of the skin. It is also important for the energy supply and it ensures good resistance. Chestnuts contain 50% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of copper per 100 grams.

Vitamins

  1. Besides minerals, vitamins are also well represented in chestnuts. For example, chestnuts contain 72% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per 100 grams. Vitamin C is important for a good resistance. In addition, it is a vitamin that contributes to the energy supply and is good for the teeth, bones and blood vessels. In addition, it is an antioxidant that protects the body against free radicals. Chestnuts contain 20% of the RDI of thiamine or vitamin B1. This vitamin from the vitamin B complex ensures the combustion of carbohydrates, which creates energy. Another vitamin from the B complex is vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine. Chestnuts already contain 29% of the RDI per 100 grams. The vitamin is important for digestion and resistance. It also plays a role in the proper functioning of the nervous system.

Maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels

  1. Chestnuts contain important fatty acids that are necessary for the body. Chestnuts, for example, are rich in linoleic acid which is good for the body. Chestnuts also have a low level of cholesterol and help to reduce the bad cholesterol level in the blood vessels. LDL (the bad cholesterol) can cause plaque to narrow blood vessels. Eating chestnuts actually removes plaque and keeps blood vessels healthy and elastic.

  2. Chestnuts contain important fatty acids that are necessary for the body. Chestnuts, for example, are rich in linoleic acid which is good for the body. Chestnuts also have a low level of cholesterol and help to lower the bad cholesterol level in the blood vessels. LDL (the bad cholesterol) can cause plaque to narrow blood vessels. Eating chestnuts actually removes plaque and keeps blood vessels healthy and elastic.



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