100% Jamon Iberico de Bellota, the Authentic "Pata Negra"
The Iberian ham is one of the most appreciated and most characteristic foods of the Spanish gastronomy. The "Jamon Iberico de Bellota" is the one that comes from a pig of Iberian breed, grown in freedom and that has been fed on natural grasses and acorns.
Fat of Jamon Iberico has more than 55% of oleic acid (a monounsaturated fat). This fat, as demonstrated in scientific studies, has a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol, leading to an increase in the rate of beneficial cholesterol (HDL) and reducing the rate of harmful cholesterol (LDL). Only virgin olive oil has a higher oleic acid content than Jamon Iberico.
The total proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in the fat of cured Iberian pig products fed with acorns is greater than 75%, making it the most "heart healthy" of all known animal fats and even healthier than some origin vegetable. This is not only due to the race of the pigs but it has also a great influence the food based on acorns and natural grasses.
In addition to this beneficial effect on cholesterol, Iberian ham provides proteins, vitamins B1, B6, B12 and folic acid, which are very beneficial to the nervous system and the functioning of the brain. It is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and minerals such as copper, essential for bones and cartilage, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, this last one, closely linked to antiaging processes.
As for the energy supply, 100 grams of Iberian ham provide less than 250 kcal, so moderate consumption will not hurt low-calorie diets. It is also an excellent substitute for red meat since 100 grams of "Jamon Iberico" contains 43 grams of protein.
Jamon Iberico contains between 2.5% and 4.5% of salt, significantly less than Bayonne ham (5.5%) or Parma ham (5.7%). The secret lies in the genetics of the Iberian pig: the infiltrated fat and the higher pH hinder the penetration of salt. If we compare it with other products, it would be at the same level of salt as Roquefort cheese or olives, for example.