Can chestnuts be a dietary substitute for bread? Here is the answer!

On this occasion, we would like to point out to you the advantages of using chestnuts in your daily diet, as well as the reasons why chestnuts are useful for your health and overall well-being.

Chestnut, in addition to being good and tasty, has many virtues, especially useful on cold days. It contains B vitamins, which are important for the proper functioning of metabolism. It is especially rich in vitamins B1 and B2, which are necessary for gaining energy and a feeling of better physical fitness on colder days.

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It also provides solid amounts of iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals that help fight fatigue. In the past, chestnuts were called the “bread of the poor.”

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Due to the high starch content, chestnuts can be used to make flour that, alone or mixed with cereal flour, is also used to make bread and pastries. Oatmeal is also very tasty when prepared from chestnut flour, which is a special delicacy in Italy.

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From a nutritional point of view, they are in fact similar in some respects. That’s why chestnuts are a great substitute for table bread.

Chestnut is a source of soluble fiber that slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood and helps you feel full immediately and for longer.

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Also, chestnuts provide insoluble fibers that promote intestinal regularity, which is necessary to maintain good condition and health.

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With about eight milligrams of insoluble fiber per 100 grams, chestnuts are classified as foods with a higher fiber content. Similarly, it is easy to digest, chestnut flour is suitable for the elderly and children.

It can even be made into butter.

Consumed in raw form, chestnuts bring complex carbohydrates, such as bread, which slowly release energy in the body and maintain a feeling of satiety for longer. Eat boiled chestnuts, because the starch they contain turns into simple sugars that give immediate energy.

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It is ideal to always combine it in the same meal with plant fibers, essential fatty acids of extra virgin olive oil and proteins from fish, meat or its derivatives.

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An advantage? Fiber, protein and essential fatty acids lower the glycemic index and promote satiety.

Approximately, 100 g of raw chestnuts gives about 170 calories, while roasted has about 213 per gram.

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That is why chestnuts have a lower caloric content than bread, which provides about 265 calories per 100 g.

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