There are different types, depending on the meat used, but it is always very good: we are talking about bresaola.
Bresaola is a very particular cured meat, appreciated for its characteristics that make it unique. Unlike other cold cuts such as ham, salami and mortadella, it is in fact a low-fat and high-protein product. This is why it is a recommended food for those on a diet, or for those who need a high protein intake – athletes above all. But not everyone really knows bresaola: here’s what you need to know about this precious food to bring to our tables.
What is bresaola
Let’s start by saying that there are various types of bresaola , depending on the meat that is used: it can be produced starting from horse, beef, venison or pork. Very famous is the Bresaola della Valtellina, which uses beef (among the breeds used, there is also the zebu , coming from South America).
Bresaola: nutritional values
As mentioned above, this salami has very particular characteristics. The calories of the bresaola are quite low: in a portion of 100 grams there are only 150 kcal. It has just 2% fat (therefore with a low cholesterol content which makes it atypical in sausages).
Bresaola is very rich in protein, 32 grams of animal origin, every 100 grams : in fact it is considered one of the richest foods in this sense.
This food also has large quantities of mineral salts – sodium, potassium, phosphorus in the first place – and vitamins, especially those of group B , which are important for proper bone development and for strengthening the immune system.
Can I eat bresaola when pregnant?
Is bresaola bad during pregnancy? This is a question that many future mothers ask themselves, since there are all kinds of indications on the web. In general, there are no particular contraindications to the consumption of bresaola , except for the fact that, like all cured meats, it is very rich in sodium.
It is therefore important to pay attention to blood pressure , especially during the third trimester of pregnancy, when the so-called pregnancy hypertension can arise. Another contraindication is toxoplasmosis: women who have never contracted it should avoid raw meat and consequently also bresaola.
Bresaola diet: what it is
There is also the bresaola diet, which allows you to lose even one size in two weeks . As we said earlier, this sliced is light in terms of calories and has a high content of proteins, which are valuable allies in a low-calorie diet .
In this sense, it is enough to combine the bresaola with the right foods. In particular, it is good to avoid additional proteins and favor vegetables , to fill up on fiber.
Bresaola: recipes and what to accompany it
There are those who eat it like a normal cold cut, inside a sandwich. And who is faithful to the classic recipe that includes lemon, rocket and parmesan flakes. Did you know that these ingredients don’t go perfectly with bresaola instead?
For a dish that enhances the flavor of this salami, you should completely avoid lemon , or at least not squeeze it over the bresaola slices, otherwise you risk “cooking” the meat. Arugula , which has a very strong taste, should be used in minimal quantities.
But you can try bresaola with many other foods: for example with fruit , especially with the exotic one. Or with cheeses , to create truly spatial combinations. The only precaution consists in never cooking it : it loses its flavor and risks becoming hard.
A recipe to try is the salad with bresaola and peaches .