We love tucking into a nice slice or two of ham, but how much do we really know about one of our favourite foods? It’s time to take closer look at the nutrition facts for ham!
- Ham is typically 53% water!
- Lean ham will be at least one quarter protein.
- It contains the 9 essential amino acids your body needs to repair and grow muscle.
- This makes it one of the most complete dietary foods in the world.
- Unlike other red meats, ham is rich in the B vitamin thiamine that’s essential to dozens of bodily processes.
- It’s also a rich source of zinc which is important for your immune system.
- Not only that, but you’ll find plenty of B-12 for brain health.
- Ham contains less iron than lamb or beef.
- Ham comes from a hog’s hind legs.
- It’s claimed to be a French creation, but this is hotly disputed by ham lovers the world over.
- For those of you not so bothered by your diet, why not try Mainz ham? It’s soaked in brandy for weeks at a time before serving… sounds yummy!
- Many countries ban the sale of frozen ham on the bone.
- A ham will typically lose 25% of its weight during the smoking process.
- Ham is thought to have first been eaten more than 2,000 years ago.
- Whilst ham is rich in vitamins and minerals, it also contains high levels of salt so may not be an ideal addition to your daily intake.
- Spam has a secret meaning that only its executives know about…
Do you know of any nutritional facts about ham that we’ve missed out? Share them here in the comments section below!