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Bresaola: everything you didn’t know about this tasty cured meat


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?

Rolls with bresaola
Rolls with bresaola

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 .

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