Andrea Carucci, a nutritionist and health coach, joined up with FISAN to shed some light on the advantages of consuming acorn-fed Iberian ham. To this end, both Carucci and FISAN met with a group of journalists who specialise in health, nutrition and beauty to talk about the dietary benefits of acorn-fed ham. The meeting was set in Ultramarinos Octavio (Madrid), a unique location that all the attendees enjoyed immensely. The expert laid out the importance of knowing the product in order to absorb its nutrients better; ‘the brain-to-intestine information is extremely
significant. If we are aware of the food we’re ingesting, we are somehow going to digest it better than if we simply just eat it. When my brain is acquainted with the properties of the product or foodstuff I’m going to consume, then my body will be prepared to absorb it’.

Acorn-fed Iberian ham offers many health benefits.

Its fat composition
makes it a heart-healthy food, since it increases the blood’s HDL levels (good cholesterol) and reduces the presence of LDL (bad cholesterol). Moreover, its concentration of vitamins, dietary elements, proteins and dietary iron (an element that is vital in haemoglobin formation, organism development and many other physiological functions) make Iberian ham a commendable food product for every stage of life.

Iberian ham is also an ally of beauty, since it contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated Omega-9 fatty acid typically found in vegetable oils, such as olive oil. This substance reconstructs skin layers giving them greater smoothness and elasticity. As it turns out, ingesting acorn-fed ham in a reasonable and moderate way can act as an anti-age treatment.

Besides the typical breadsticks, melon or sliced bread with tomato, Andrea came up with a few other ways to serve acorn-fed ham that would bring out its properties more efficiently, as well as explore new flavours.  She created a tapa with carrot hummus, sweet potato kimchi and sauerkraut. According to what the nutritionist explained, both carrots and sweet potatoes are orange-coloured vegetables rich in Vitamin A and antioxidant properties; these are beneficial in preparing and protecting the skin before and after sunbathing. In addition, she mentioned we could also add fermented products to this tapa, such as cabbage and spice kimchi along with pear and apple sauerkraut. Fermented foodstuffs help improve microbiota, or intestinal health, which translates into a better digestion of those nutrients present in acorn-fed Iberian ham.

The meeting finished with good sensations after this masterclass where we all learnt more about FISAN Acorn-fed Ham and its many health benefits.