Mostly, People think that chestnuts and water chestnuts are the same things but the fact is different. Both of these things are quite different from each other.
Water chestnuts resemble an actual chestnut in both shape and color, but they are not nuts. Water chestnut is an aquatic vegetable that grows in parts of Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and many Pacific islands.
People love to eat this vegetable raw, cooked, baked, fried, etc. Roasted water chestnuts (also known as “เกาลัดน้ำคั่ว” in the Thai language) are very popular among people these days.
Water chestnuts have a variety of potential health benefits:-
1) This vegetable is a rich source of antioxidants that help the body’s immune system fight against harmful things.
2) Water chestnuts help to slow tumor growth with the help of an antioxidant called ferulic acid.
3) This vegetable contains many nutrients such as protein, magnesium, potassium, fiber, vitamin B-6, etc.
4) These are very low in calories. A half-cup of sliced water chestnuts contains just 60 calories.
5) High blood pressure leads to various health issues such as heart disease. There is a nutrient called “potassium” that helps to reduce blood pressure or you can say that it helps to reduce heart diseases.
Water chestnuts are easy to purchase, prepare and eat. Many grocery stores offer them canned or whole or you can also buy them online. These are an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants, making them a good addition to a healthy diet.