If the holiday season has you longing for “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” you may be happy to know that not only is it something fun and different you can do at home, but roasted chestnuts also bring a variety of health benefits.
Just 1 cup will provide 30% of your daily fiber. This will help your digestive health and, combined with the complex carbs we just mentioned, can help reduce blood sugar spikes.
• Vitamin C
Most nuts don’t provide any vitamin C, but roasted chestnuts are unique and 1 cup brings around 65% of your daily intake of this vitamin.
• Heart Health
Chestnuts are low in fat, but high in magnesium and potassium, which can help boost heart health and reduce cardiovascular issues.
• Complex Carbohydrates
While not as high in protein as nuts like almonds and peanuts, chestnuts provide complex carbs that your body digests slowly and uses as a stable energy source that lasts longer than most others.
A 1 cup serving of roasted chestnuts is good for 36% of your daily copper needs. This can help support forming red blood cells and also healthy blood vessels, nerves, immunity, and increase iron absorption.