Rich in B vitamins, it is characterized by a pleasant sweet taste
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Characterized by a pleasant sweet taste, chestnut flour is obtained as a result of drying and grinding the fruits of the same name. Gluten-free and consequently suitable for the diet of gluten intolerants and celiacs – people who live two different conditions but both with the need for a diet of deprivation from the aforementioned protein complex – it is characterized by different and important health benefits.
In this category it is possible to include the presence, highlighted by the experts of the Humanitas group, of B vitamins, valuable nutrients when it comes to improving the efficiency of the metabolism. Specifically, chestnut flour, which is mainly used to prepare desserts such as castagnaccio, contains vitamin B1 (or thiamine), vitamin B2 (or riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (also known as niacin).
Easy to digest especially if taken after being cooked, chestnut flour is characterized by the presence of other nutrients that are very good for health. In this category we can include calcium, which is precious for bone health. Just to give a few numbers, remember that in 100 grams of chestnut flour, which provide just over 300 calories, we can find 50 mg of calcium.
Noteworthy is also the sodium content, as well as that of potassium, a mineral crucial for the regularity of blood pressure and, consequently, for the maintenance of long-term heart health. We also remember that chestnut flour is a source of phosphorus, a very important mineral for the transformation of food into energy.
Considered a food with a restorative efficacy, chestnut flour should be consumed in moderation in case of BMI due to overweight or obesity. In fact, let's not forget that we are talking about an extremely caloric food.
Contraindicated for those with diabetes, in cases where the intake is overdone it can cause, during digestion, annoying episodes of areophagy or the onset of symptoms similar to those of colitis. As for the interaction with drugs, today there is no evidence in the scientific literature. To remove any doubts, the best thing to do is to seek the advice of your doctor before introducing chestnut flour in your diet.