Choose section to search
Type to search
Recipe Book
Good Living
April 14, 2017
Walnuts or Chestnuts?

Chestnuts or Walnuts? - Κάστανα ή Καρύδια;

The other day I had a conversation, well, it was more like a debate actually! Walnuts against chestnuts!! The debate was on fire! The side that was pro walnuts supported that someone who eats walnuts will never gain weight, while the pro chestnuts side supported that someone who eats chestnuts will never get sick! It was the first time that I had ever thought of comparing these two foods.

Full of curiosity, I asked Christo to bring up a chart comparing these two foods so that I could show you the differences between them…

ANALYSIS CHART PER 100 g FOR CHESTNUTS AND WALNUTS

NUTRITIOUS INGREDIENTS

CHESTNUTS (100 g)

WALNUTS (100 g.)

ENERGY (Kcal)

245

654

CARBOHYDRATES (g)

53

13,7

PROTEINS (g)

3,17

15

FATS (g)

2,2

65

OMEGA-3 FATS

-

9

SATURATED FATS (g)

0

6,13

FIBER (g)

6,3

6,7

VITAMINS/MINERALS

High quantity of Vitamin C and folic acid

Magnesium, copper

There is a popular saying that goes “chestnuts need wine and walnuts need honey…” The truth is that they are two completely different worlds that I would like to travel through with you! So let’s go!

Chestnuts come from the perennial trees that grow in the mild climate of the Northern Hemisphere. They have been cultivated for at least 5.000 years in Asia and for 3.000 years in Europe. Greece has very good qualities of chestnuts in Pilio, Larissa and Crete. As you can see from the analysis chart, chestnuts really are low in calories while they offer us large amounts of Vitamin C and folic acid, substances that enhance our autoimmune system. They have quite a bit of fiber and this is very important for our intestines. I think it’s important that you keep in mind that they have a very small amount of fat and no omega-3fatty acids.

On the other hand, walnuts have a lot of calories per 100 g, that’s why they should be consumed in a logical daily quantity (30-40 g which is a small handful). They are an excellent source of good fatty acids though, which help us have good cardiac and vascular health. Their contribution to our diet is invaluable that’s why we should consume them in our diet daily…. Their fiber, mineral and micronutrient contents are also very important since they help our health overall.

Both these foods contain some of the same substances that are called phytochemicals. These substances offer constant, stable and essential anti-inflammatory action, protecting us throughout our lives from substances that are produced in our bodies that can even lead to cancer…!!!!

I believe that everything can fit in our diets my good friends and no one food is better than any other. Nature supplies us with foods that complement one another.

So let’s take advantage of nature’s gifts and enjoy them!!!!

Akis

This article was written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Dietician/Nutritionist Christo Papavaggelis.

Recipe thumb salata me pligouri site
more
comments powered by Disqus