Chestnuts or water chestnuts are one of the most underestimated nuts by most people. Chestnuts are almost completely made of carbohydrates with a low fat and calorie content that are high in natural sugar. They are rich in nutrients such as folate, vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (B6), iron and phosphorous. With only 3 to 4 cups of servings, chestnuts can provide an adult the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of more than 40% of vitamin C, 25% of folate, and more than 10% of iron, phosphorous, riboflavin, and thiamine.
Chestnuts can be consumed in various ways. Usually, they are boiled or roasted before consuming. Boiled chestnuts have a similar consistency to potatoes and can be mashed and used in baking or pastry filling. It can also be added to soups and salads. Chestnuts are definitely a nutrient-filled snack that is suitable for people of all ages.