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. 

A 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.

When 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 bit helps.

Thereís no doubt that chestnuts are a healthy food.  Consider their low fat content and abundant fiber and youíve got a real winner here.


Oatmeal's Okay but
 Chestnut Pancakes are Better

According 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

 If 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) . 


Data from Continuum Health Partners, a non-profit hospital system in New York City

*Data from Bob's Red Mill and Columbia Food Laboratories, Inc.


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