Delicious and good for the heart
Oleic acid, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins
As well as being exquisite, it is also healthy. This is the conclusion drawn from a number of studies which indicate that the mono-unsaturated fatty acids contained in acorn-fed Iberian ham help to reduce cholesterol and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The reason can be found in the fat. The particular genetic and rearing features of the Iberian pig make it, according to prestigious Professor Grande Covián, an “olive tree with legs” because of the notable presence of oleic acid. In addition to this component, characteristic of olive oil, acorn-fed Iberian ham has a large amount of iron, calcium and vitamins D, E and B12.
No wonder, then, that ham features amongst the most heart-healthy foods because it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and has high levels of antioxidants. It shares these virtues with olive oil, oily fish, walnuts and seed oil.
The breed, its daily exercise and, above all, the diet of the Iberian pig, are the source of these beneficial properties. The grass and roots found in the pasture, rich in antioxidants, and the acorns, with their oleic acid content in excess of 65%, contribute to the miracle which, months later, provides such a pleasurable tasting experience.