Ham is a cured meat produced from the pork leg. It is the protagonist of packed lunches in delicious sandwiches, it is also an excellent ingredient for savoury dishes such as appetizers, first courses, savoury pies and pizzas.


Ham is a cured meat obtained from the pork leg, unlike the cooked shoulder which, on the other hand, is obtained exactly from this part of the pig. Ham is the protagonist of more or less simple sandwiches and delicious recipes. Much loved by children, here is everything you would like to know about it: from calories to nutritional values ​​to the amount of protein contained in it.

Ham, nutritional values

Before moving on to the nutritional values ​​of the ham, it is good to understand what it is exactly. Ham is a cured meat, which is not stuffed and – as is also the case for raw food – is partially covered by the rind. Ham contains about 195 calories per 100 gr. As for nutritional values, 27.8 are the grams of protein, 8.32 g the fats and 2695 the mg of sodium.

Ham during pregnancy: can you eat it?

We are well aware of how particularly delicate the period of pregnancy is and how much attention the future mother has to reserve for her diet. The doubt linked to the consumption of cured meats during pregnancy is linked to the risk of toxoplasmosis, which affects only raw foods (and cured meats).
Ultimately, therefore, albeit in moderation for its high sodium content, cooked ham can be eaten without problems during the pregnancy.

Recipes with ham

Before proceeding, it is good to answer one of the most common doubts: ham and diet, how many grams to eat? Although among the cold cuts, bresaola is the most suitable as it is leaner, if you are on a diet you can treat yourself, occasionally, two slices of ham.
As it is easy to deduce, ham is suitable for recipes of delicious appetizers of various kinds. It can be used to make rolls stuffed with Russian salad, cheese, asparagus or zucchini. It can be used as a filling for savoury strudel. The recipes with diced ham include savoury pies, in which it is combined with the filling, and the first courses. Pasta with ham is easy and tasty, as well as pasta with ham and zucchini and the one with ham and butter.
Still, ham and peas pasta is a must for which the little ones are crazy. And speaking of these, the recipes for children with ham are a lot: it can be used as a base for hamburgers, for meatballs, as a filling for semi-sweet sandwiches and much more. Furthermore, oven-baked ham is often used on pizza together with mozzarella. Finally, among the recipes with ham and potatoes, there are focaccias, quiches and many rustic preparations.

Ham, how to store it?

Sliced ham can be kept for a maximum of one or two days, inside its original wrapping inside the fridge, in one of the central compartments. Buy small doses at a time, ham is much better when fresh. Even as a whole it can be kept in the fridge, this time for a longer time, up to a month.

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