Prosciutto: everything you need to know about its properties

A prosciutto sandwich is a great, tasty snack. But let’s not eat it to much…

Prosciutto is a typical Italian product: it is delicious and very tasty, perfect as a a snack or a light lunch. However, we must be careful not to eat it too often, because it contains fat and is very salty. How to correctly include it in our diet?

Prosciutto: nutritional values

A serving of 100 grams of this product contains an average of 235 calories, and consists mainly of proteins (14%) and fats (18%). It is also rich in important minerals such as iron, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Furthermore, it contains vitamins of the B group and vitamin E.

Prosciutto: everything you need to know about its properties
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Of course, its calories and nutritional elements differs according to the type you take into account. For example, the two most famous Italian prosciuttos are the Parma ham, which contains 268 calories for 100 grams, and the San Daniele, which contains 320 calories.

The properties of prosciutto

This Italian food is perfect for people who need a quite high protein intake: athletes, but also children and the elderly. It is also a source of iron, fundamental  for people suffering from anemia.

The B vitamins help reducing stress and fatigue, in addition to strengthening the bones and the immune system.

Prosciutto: side effects

Some people should not eat this food, or should it eat rarely. First of all, for its content of sodium. A serving of 50 grams contains 25% of the maximum salt dose recommended daily!

For this reason, people suffering from hypertension should avoid eating it. Also, people with high cholesterol or high triglycerides levels should not eat it, unless they choose the most lean one. Finally, pregnant women must be really careful because, as it is raw meat, they could contract toxoplasmosis.

Prosciutto in your diet

In order to benefit from its properties without incurring in any side effect, you should consume a portion of 50/60 grams not more than two times a week. Eliminating its fat part is a trick to decrease the intake of lipids. However, watch out for salt: you can’t eat it too much!

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ultimo aggiornamento: 01-02-2019

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