Christmas parties arrive and it is normal to place acorn-fed Iberian ham in many Spanish homes. A study published in the Wiley Online Library recommends daily consumption of 40 grams of ham because it not only has cardiovascular health benefits but contains monounsaturated fats that are associated with a lower incidence of chronic diseases.
The findings point out that regular intake of this meat product from the cured leg of pig does not fatten, does not raise blood pressure and is good for overall health, according to a study of 100 randomly selected individuals. The benefits of taking ham suggest that not only avoid cancer and other degenerative diseases, but maintains the correct levels in patients who have taken it frequently.
The results of this study add to the protection exercised by the mediterranean diet on the overall health of Spanish consumers, which includes extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts, vegetables and fish. Consumption of red meat and saturated fats is associated with obesity and increased blood pressure.
Among other benefits, it is very good to prevent osteoporosis, it is a source of complex vitamins B (B1, B2, B3 and B6), as well as D vitamin. It helps overcome stress and depression and is a source of assimilable proteins. It is a food with high iron content that is especially interesting for the elderly and pregnant or lactating women. In addition, it offers a great amount of minerals Besides iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It improves attention span, comprehension and retention and contributes to a better development of intellectual capacity, especially in adolescents. Ideal for athletes, it has polyphenols which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that also have a positive effect on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
It practically has no carbohydrates and its caloric intake is very low, which makes it an ally when you are on a diet. In relation to fatty acids, highlights oleic acid that improves LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL, which contributes to the protection of the heart.