The acorn-fed ham of Extremadura has enjoyed a significant culinary prestige since times long forgotten. It is a product with spectacular nutritional depth, which contains proteins, vitamins B1, B6, B12, and folic acid, which are beneficial for the nervous system and brain function.
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 selenium, the last being linked to anti-aging processes.
It has positive effects against levels of cholesterol in the blood, with a high amount of good HDL cholesterol, and a low amount of bad LDL cholesterol. Its fat is the healthiest of all animal fats for the heart, and is healthier than some vegetable fats due to the animal’s diet of acorns and plants. It has a low-calorie count, and low salt, so moderate consumption should not exclude it from low-calorie diets.