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The carb value of chestnuts

With songs trilling about chestnuts over an open fire, as a diabetic you might wonder how many carbs are in 1 ounce of roasted Chestnuts. Their carbohydrate content compares with that of wheat and rice; chestnuts have twice as much starch as the potato. That ounce of hot rocks contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

In addition, chestnuts contain about 8% of various sugars. As chestnuts ripen, the starch is slowly converted into sugars and moisture content starts to decrease. They are the only ‘nuts’ that contain vitamin C, with about 40mg per 100 g of raw product, which is 100% of the UK’s recommended daily intake, although the amount of vitamin C decreases by about 40% after heating.

Fresh chestnuts have about 180 calories per 100 grams, which is much lower than walnuts, almonds, other nuts and dried fruits. Chestnuts, as with all plant foods, contain no cholesterol and contain very little fat, what there is is mostly unsaturated, and there’s no gluten.

Another seasonal favourite (for some of us!) is the humble brussells sprout.

There are 10g of carbs, 4.5g of fat and 4g of protein, 88 calories as well as a big hit of Vitamin C in 1 cup of Cooked Brussels Sprouts.

By total comparison to the above, your average mince pie is likely to be around 40g of carbohydrate, so fill your self up with veggies in an attempt to prevent picking one of those up after the main course is over and one with!

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