Nowadays we talk increasingly about eating well referring not just to good and tasty foods but to
healthy foods as well, for a lifestyle based on a correct and balanced diet. Thanks to its nutritional
values, Parma Ham is an excellent food for children, sportsmen and sportswomen, elderly people
and anyone who has problems digesting proteins.
The distinctive characteristic of Parma Ham lies in its high protein content; moreover, the
richness in free amino acids, which depends on the curing processes, gives this food a very high
With reference to lipids, the fraction of unsaturated fats is considerably higher (64.9%) than that
of saturated fats (35.1%), with a high presence in the form of oleic acid (45.8%). This ensures that
saturated lipids and cholesterol are present in extremely small amounts in the fat of Parma Ham.
Their high presence of vitamins in Parma Ham (in particular, for vitamins B1, B6, B12 and PP)
enables very high proportions of the recommended daily amount to be achieved; same can be said
for mineral salts - phosphorus, zinc, iron and selenium – which are present in very significant
amounts in Parma Ham.
Another element of great importance is the absence in Parma Ham of colouring agents or
preservatives, such as for example nitrites and nitrates, commonly used in the preparation of
other meat based products. The only ingredients allowed by the Production Specifications are in
fact pork and salt.
MACRONUTRIENT COMPOSITION EXPRESSED IN GRAMS (g) AND ENERGY VALUE ON 100 g OF PARMA HAM
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||Parma Ham with fat removed**
||269 Kcal/1127 Kj
||* Parma Ham “as is” (lean + fat)
||** Parma Ham with outer fat removed