Health Benefits of Jamon Iberico de Bellota

Jamon Iberico de Bellota at IberGour

Pata negra
"Paleta" Cerdos Extremeños Bellota (Shoulder Jamon)
100% Iberico de Bellota

"Paleta" Cerdos Extremeños Bellota (Shoulder Jamon)

Stock: 4 paletillas.
€203.064.75 to 6.5 kg paletillas
Bellota Ham Shoulders (Paletillas)

Bone-in, Boneless & Sliced

Pata negra
Jamon 5J Cinco Jotas Ham
100% Iberico de Bellota

Jamon 5J Cinco Jotas Ham

Stock: 9 jamones (more in 2 days)
€552.307 to 8.5 kg jamones
Bellota Hams (Jamones)

Bone-in, Boneless & Sliced

The fat of "jamon iberico de bellota" contains over 55% oleic acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid). Rigorous scientific studies have shown that these fats exercise a beneficial effect on cholesterol in the blood by increasing the amount of good (HDL) cholesterol and reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol. Only virgin olive oil has a higher oleic acid content.

The total proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in cured Pata Negra jamones that have consumed a diet of acorns is over 75%, making it the most "cardiohealthy" of all animal fats, even healthier than some fats of plant origin. The breed of pigs is not the only explanation; their staple diet of acorns and grasses also plays an important role.

In addition to its beneficial effect on cholesterol, Iberico jamon provides proteins, vitamins B1, B6, B12 and folic acid, all highly beneficial for the nervous system and proper functioning of the brain. It is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and in minerals such as copper, essential for bones and cartilage; calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and finally, selenium, which has been attributed with antiaging properties.

With regard to calories, 100 grammes of Iberico bellota jamon provide less than 250 kcal (roughly the same as bread) meaning that, eaten in moderation, it can be included in low calorie diets.

It is also an excellent substitute for red meat: 100 grammes of jamon contain 43 grs. of protein.

Regarding salt, the WHO recommends a maximum daily salt intake of 5 grams (even less for children and adolescents) but the global average is twice this amount, lying somewhere between 8 and 11 grams.

Iberian jamon has the lowest salt content of all cured hams (between 2.5% and 4.5%), followed by Serrano ham (5%), Bayonne ham (5.5%) and Parma ham (5.7%). The secret lies in the genetic make-up of the Iberian pig, as its marbled fat and the higher pH levels of its meat prevent the salt from penetrating. When compared to other food products, it is on a par with Roquefort cheese or olives, for example.

Salt is a necessary ingredient in the production of jamon, as the meat would rot without it. It also acts as a flavour enhancer; a jamon with less than 2.5% salt content would taste insipid and even have an unpleasant texture on the palate.

IberGour offers an extensive selection of Spanish Jamon Iberico de Bellota including well-known brands such as Jamón Cinco Jotas.

Bibliography (spanish)
El Jamón Ibérico. De la dehesa al paladar
Ventanas Barroso, J. (Ediciones Mundi-Prensa, 2006)
Bases de la calidad del jamón ibérico - El consumo del jamón ibérico de bellota y su influencia sobre los lípidos plasmáticos
Maciá Botejara, E. (Junta de Extremadura, 1997)
Características productivas de dos variedades de cerdo ibérico y contenido vitamínico y mineral de sus productos cárnicos
Forero Vizcaíno, F.J. (Diputación de Huelva, 2002)
Porcino Ibérico: aspectos claves
Buxadé Carbó, C.; Daza Anfrada, A. (Ed. Mundi-Prensa, 2001)