Do you want to know the nutritional properties of Jamón Ibérico? Well, you’ve come to the right place! After so many years selling and enjoying it as much as any other, we know each and every aspect related to the nutritional value of this delicatessen and we will explain them to you below. Let’s get started!
Nutritional value of Jamón Ibérico
The Jamón Ibérico is very rich in proteins and essential amino acids of high quality that make it recommended for daily consumption. In addition to being an irresistible food, it contains vitamins E, B1, B6 and B12 that benefit the nervous system and brain function. It is antioxidant and rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. In detail, for every 100 grams of Jamón Ibérico your body receives:
- 375 kcal.
- Protein: 43.2 gr.
- Fat: 22.4 gr.
- Sodium: 1110 mg.
- Potassium: 153 mg.
- Phosphorus: 157.5 mg
- Magnesium: 1.57 mg.
- Calcium: 27.08 mg.
But is it better than Jamón Serrano? Of course it is, for taste and for health. Let’s go see why!
Comparison of Jamón Ibérico with Jamón Serrano
The first thing to keep in mind is that Jamón Serrano, also called Gran Reserva, has fewer calories than Jamón Ibérico, but also it has fewer good quality proteins.
If you suffer from hypertension, the best thing you can do is to choose the one of the highest quality, that is to say, the Iberian, produced with the meat of the authentic pigs of our peninsula, because it has less sodium and will be more favorable for you. In addition, it should be noted that the Iberian has more calcium (27.08 mg. of calcium per 100 grams compared to 12.7 mg. ), more B-type vitamins and more folic acid so, all in all, it’s much better and it is also much tastier. It’s all advantages!
The fat of Jamón Ibérico
In addition to this, you may have wondered if the jamón is fattening and, although the answer is NO, one thing should be clear and that is, it is not good to abuse eating it, because it contains fat which is unhealthy in excess. This product is a good example of “things in small portions are more enjoyable” and it should be taken into account that Jamón Ibérico contains two types of fats: internal and external.
- The internal ones are those small whitish veins that are observed inside each of the slices of Jamón Ibérico and are the culprits that this meat is so exquisite. They appear thanks to the ability of pigs to infiltrate fat into the muscle and are the cause of the Jamón Ibérico is more juicy than the rest of pieces produced with meat from white pigs.
- The external one, on the other hand, although it has a protective and conservation function, should not be taken in excess. This fat is the one that envelops the jamón and must be removed when cutting it, at the most you have to leave a thin edge. But why is that? For two reasons: the first is that consuming too much is not healthy and the second is that it will detract from the Iberian flavor. As you can see, these causes are more than sufficient arguments to prevent it.
So, is eating Jamón healthy? Strictly YES, because the nutritional properties of Jamón Ibérico are many and brings a lot of benefits for our body. However, don’t forget that the good and brief are twice as good!
After all this information maybe you feel hungry, then listen to your body, do not hesitate to buy Jamón Ibérico or Serrano in our online shop quickly and easily. In addition, for purchases over 100€ you will receive a free gift of your choice from our selection. Are you up for it?