Friday, 27 April 2012

Study of the benefits of Spanish Ham in a group of nuns

The Spanish doctors Avelino Ortiz and Enrique Macia, started a study in 1991 about the health benefits of the Spanish ham (or Jamon). It was really known in Spain due to they used a group of cloistered nuns as one of the studied population.


The study revealed that “when people follow a balanced diet, Iberico pork is not detrimental at all, and help to keep blood lipid levels in reliable figures for cardiovascular health. Eating Iberico pork also improves Vitamin C levels (antioxidant) and decreases the possibility of thrombosis”.

The study was conducted with a thesis, over three different groups: 19 post-menopausal women, 18 men and 18 women with over 250mg cholesterol levels, and 27 cloistered nuns.


We can find the conclusion that Iberico pork (because of oleic acid) and Spanish Jamon, Iberico or Serrano, are really healthy and particularly suitable for diets with hyperlipidaemia and for people who are suffering arteriosclerosis. Pork and Jamon are part of the famous Mediterranean diet.

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