What We Know About Fiber in Chestnuts
According to the Mayo
Clinic ďa high-fiber diet may help reduce the risk of heart disease and
diabetes.Ē We hear a lot about the importance of fiber in our diets and
often think of getting it from fruits, veggies, and grains. What we donít
hear much about is the fiber content in chestnuts.
nutritional analysis conducted by Great Lakes Scientific, Inc. for Michigan
State University in 2003 found that fresh Colossal chestnuts contain 6.3 gm
of fiber per 100 gm serving (about 3.5 oz.). A medium-sized apple,
considered a good source of fiber, contains only 4.0 gm, and a cup of
strawberries, 3.0 gm. Chestnuts even have more fiber than 2 slices of
whole wheat bread which have a total of 6.0 gm.
One hundred grams of
Chestnut flour milled from Allen Creek Farm's Colossal chestnuts has 17 gm of fiber
-- more than 19 other flours and more than any other chestnut flour
lab-tested in the U.S. See the results for yourself. Our testing
was done by Columbia Food Laboratories, Corbett, OR, providers of quality
analytical services for the food industry.
you're baking consider substituting 1/3 chestnut flour for wheat flour in
any recipe to increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Every little
Thereís no doubt that
chestnuts are a healthy food. Consider their low fat content and abundant
fiber and youíve got a real winner here.
Chestnut Pancakes are Better
to Quaker Oats their "Old Fashioned Quaker Oats" contain 4 gm of fiber per
serving yet 3 pancakes made from our Chestnut Buttermilk Pancake mix contain
4.5 gm of fiber -- that's 12.5% more fiber. So what's better? I'll take pancakes
any day! And why is it you didn't know this? Perhaps because
their advertising budget is a bit larger than ours.
How To Calculate Your Fiber Needs
youíre not sure how much fiber you should be consuming each day you can go
to University of Marylandís Medical System to calculate it based on your
age, height, sex and activity level. (http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/fiber.asp)