Native to China, water chestnuts are a member of the Sedge plant family which stem from the Cyperaceae famly.

Water chestnuts are not nuts, but actually small rounded aquatic vegetables, with a hardened dark brown shell and an edible white interior which is crunchy and offers a subtly sweet coconut flavour.



Health Benefits


  • Traditionally used by the Chinese as a curative and food supplement which alleviated nausea and helped to detoxify impurities from the body. (1)


  • Contains flavonoid antioxidants which provides autoimmunity functions to the body as well as the potential to protect against colon cancer. (2)


  • Has no cholesterol and very low in calories which promotes weight loss as well as prevents the risk of atherosclerosis. (3)


  • Provides the minerals and vitamins: fibre, copper, calcium, and magnesium, and an abundance of B-vitamins, which combine to increase the metabolic rate of carbohydrates, proteins and fats as well to prevent degenerative diseases. (4)



Water Chestnuts Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
% Daily
Calories 97
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 14 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24 g 8%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 12%
Sugar 5 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 1% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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