Jamón Ibérco is a food that is practically impossible to resist and it is normal that especially after a period of excesses you wonder if the Jamón ibérico fattens. If you find yourself in this situation, in Enrique Tomás we have good news, the answer is NO and let’s see why.
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Obviously, Jamón Ibérco is more fattening than other types of meat, such as turkey, but this does not mean that it should be completely given up. According to a study carried out by the Endothelium and Cardiometabolic Medicine Unit of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, regular and moderate consumption of Jamón can be beneficial but, like everything else in this life, it must be eaten to the right mesure.
This study consisted of monitoring a total of 100 men and women aged 25 to 55 for six weeks and, after this period of time, it was observed that none of the subjects had gained weight. Furthermore, it was found that the cure had actually been beneficial at a cardiovascular level as it would help blood pressure.
Regarding this, it should be noted that Jamón is the healthiest dry cured meat and with less saturated fat that exists but it is not the same to eat Serrano or Ibérico. The calorie content of the latter is higher than the former but, in turn, it also contains more calcium, more B vitamins and more folic acid so that our body receives more nutrients. For example, if you consume 100 grams of Serrano ham your body assimilates a total of 136 kcal. against 375 kcal. but also gets more protein.
From all of the above, it is clear that both products are healthy because they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and minerals but, as we have already explained, they must be taken in moderation. It is never good to abuse anything and our recommendation is that you take a maximum of 50 grams of Iberian Jamón per day. The calorie intake will only be between 100 and 125 kcal., an adequate amount even in low calorie diets and this small whim will make you feel better while taking care of your line and your body, all are advantages!
And what are the health benefits of Iberian pigs?
We have already explained that the Ramón y Cajal study concluded that Jamón does not make gain weight, but it was not the only result that the Madrid hospital extracted. According to the same center, eating Jamón, especially if it is acorn-fed- (Jamón Bellota), produces an improvement in blood pressure because it reduces it slightly and in turn favors the circulation of blood.
With regard to cholesterol, it is worth noting that the researchers consider that Iberian cholesterol does not increase triglycerides nor the bad cholesterol of patients but, unlike other works related to this delicacy, in the trials of the afore-mentioned center it was also not observed that its consumption produced an increase of good cholesterol.
Therefore, and finally, Jamón Ibérico does not fatten, it helps to improve blood pressure and does not affect cholesterol so, as you can see, there is nothing to worry about! Enjoy it in moderation whenever you want!