A question that has been debated a lot: Iberian ham and health. From Tierra del Ibérico we want to give our point of view, which is nothing but defense of the properties of this spectacular delicacy.
Iberian ham is one of the jewels of our gastronomy and a very healthy food. Nutritionally speaking, it is rich in protein and iron and although it has been demonized at times as a derivative of pork rich in saturated fats and salt, more recent studies have highlighted its qualities, which in a context of moderate consumption provides undoubted advantages for the organism.
Iberian ham contains high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid, the main component of olive oil, healthy fat which is attributed to many of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet that passes to the pig through acorns. Thus, Iberian ham is a product that consumed in moderation provides multiple health benefits.
Iberian ham is a low calorie food rich in vitamins, which gives us 50% more protein than fresh meat. Also, you do not have to cook it, which makes your consumption also healthier.
It is a heart-healthy food, since the fatty acids it contains contribute to lower cholesterol levels. It facilitates the body’s production of HDL (“good” cholesterol), while reducing LDL (“bad” cholesterol).
Iberian ham is also rich in iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. Its consumption contributes almost half the iron necessary daily and is a great source of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. Its vitamin E content is a powerful antioxidant.
Consuming Iberian ham moderately, we can take care of the line and health. It is a recommended food for hypocaloric diets. The consumption of 50 gr. of Iberian Bellota ham, it provides 150 kilocalories.
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