Does anybody know how chestnuts fare in terms of lectins and phytates?
They seem like an interesting source of Paleo carbs that we rarely think of in our diet and I see that a lot of people stick to only sweet potatoes for a starchy carb source, while there are other options out there.
Also, chestnut cakes and breads have been baked for a long time all over the world and I'm wondering if they would be a healthier choice than almond flower for baked goods for those who decide to bake muffins and cakes from time to time. Almond flour doesn't sound like such a good deal. High in PUFAs, high in omega-6s, heated and oxidized PUFAs because of the heat when baking as well as lectins and phytates in almonds.
First thing that comes to my mind: Melissa talked about them a little bit after the "paleo bread" episode in the press. I think she's right, in European chestnuts there's a little bit of sugar. Here are the various kinds of chestnuts.
Also my girlfriend cooks with them from time to time, including our paleo-friendly turkey stuffing on Thanksgiving.
(These guys claim that chestnuts are generally higher in nutrients than nuts.)
Roasted Chestnuts are good. I had some with my dinner. They are apparently very low in phytates but I don't have a source for that right now. I don't know of any reason not to eat them. They are a food that has been used since ancient times.
Picture from here. Mine did not look quite so photogenic :)
Food database and calorie counter Source: USDA
Roasted Chinese Chestnuts
Serving Size 200 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 21Calories 478
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 2.38g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.35g 2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.614g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.24g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 104.72g 35%
Dietary Fiber -
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 128%
Calcium 4% Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
Based on a RDI of 2000 calories
This is the breakdown of Chinese chestnuts from fat secret.com