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The importance of Jamón Ibérico in the Mediterranean diet

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ibérico/Iberian ham is a very important food in the Mediterranean diet, as it is considered one of the most emblematic and appreciated products of Spanish gastronomy. Its presence on the table is linked to ancestral traditions and its consumption has become a real pleasure for lovers of good food.

This delicacy is made from Iberian pigs born and raised entirely in the Iberian Peninsula. Most of these pigs, especially those that are purebred Iberian (100% Iberian breed), are fed mainly on acorns and natural grasses during a season of montanera, which gives the jamón an exceptional flavour and quality. The fat infiltrated in the meat is a distinctive feature of this type of jamón, unique in the world, which gives it an equally unique flavour and an unparalleled smooth and juicy texture.

Real health benefits of Spanish jamón

The Jamón as part of the Mediterranean diet has several benefits. Firstly, it is an excellent source of high-quality protein, which makes it a highly nutritious food. In addition, it contains monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health. These fatty acids help to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase “good” cholesterol (HDL), which contributes to maintaining a healthy heart.

In addition, Iberian ham is a natural source of iron, zinc and B vitamins, which are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These nutrients are important for energy production, the formation of red blood cells and the immune system.

Use of Jamón ibérico in Mediterranean cuisine

Everyone has heard or read about the great benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Health professionals worldwide agree in highlighting it as the most balanced and beneficial diet for our health, if it is maintained over time, especially as we get older.

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Jamón ibérico is used in many dishes and in different formats depending on the use and need. In our recipe blog you will find many healthy recipes and ideas for every occasion and time of the year. Here are just a few of them:


There is nothing better for the eyes than a good plate of Jamón ibérico, well served on a plate. Its intense, bright red colour and, above all, its heavenly aroma invites us to enjoy it without being able to wait. Nothing is more irresistible and more appetizing than a plate of well-sliced Jamón on the table, so remember if you have one in front of you, grab your slice before it flies away!!!!

Jamón Ibérico and Virgin Olive oil the two gastronomic Mediterranean jewels

In a sandwich (we like to call it “bocadillo”)

A “Bocadillo de Jamón” with jamón (we prefer to call it the Spanish way, instead of translating it for “sandwich”, since for us a sandwich is nothing like it) olive oil and a good baguette bread is a finger-licking delicacy, so simple to make and so delicious at the same time!

To liven up creams and salads

Examples of creams

Jamón is a spectacular ingredient to add colour, enhance flavour and texture to vegetable creams, cold soups and salads of all kinds, as it combines well with all things green, pasta, rice, pulses, quinoa, couscous, etc.

Examples of salads

Jamón and pleasure

As Enrique Tomás says, Jamón is not eaten to stave off hunger, although as a food it obviously also fulfils this function, but for pure pleasure for our senses. Iberian ham is a gastronomic experience based on an ancestral culinary culture, prepared in a traditional and artisan way to be enjoyed at any time, alone or accompanied.

Jamón is a source of pleasure and health, but its consumption, as is the case with many foods, can be frequent, but it should be consumed in moderation, and better in a calm manner, which encourages a conscious and pleasurable diet. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a balanced combination of fresh, quality foods, and Iberian ham fits perfectly into this healthy lifestyle, in just the right measure.

It is important to note that, although Iberian ham is a delicious and nutritious food, it should be consumed in moderation, as it is relatively high in fat and calories. It is recommended to include it as part of a balanced diet, complementing it with other healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and wholegrain cereals.

In short, Jamón ibérico is a culinary treasure of the Mediterranean diet, combining flavour, tradition and health benefits. Its moderate consumption, together with a varied and balanced diet, can form part of a healthy lifestyle and allow you to enjoy the gastronomic richness of Mediterranean culture.

The importance of Jamón Ibérico in the Mediterranean diet
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The importance of Jamón Ibérico in the Mediterranean diet
The Iberian ham as part of the Mediterranean diet has several benefits for both body and mind. A pleasure within everyone's reach.
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Enrique Tomás S.L.
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