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Chestnuts are more similar to whole grains than to nuts

Chestnuts are more similar to whole grains than to nuts

In spite of being considered as nuts, the culinary and the nutritional characteristics of chestnuts are quite different to other nuts. Actually, they resemble more whole grains in their carbohydrate to fat ratio.

Chestnuts can be a good substitute in a meal for carbohydrate components such as potatoes or rice.
Although the micronutrients (vitamin and minerals) contents are similar to other nuts, the main macronutrients are carbohydrates, instead of fat as in other nuts.

According to USDA’s National Nutrient Database, fat and protein contents in chestnuts are quite low as shown in the comparison table below. (1)

FoodCarbohydrates (g)Fat (g)Proteins (g)
Multigrain bread12.21.23.8

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