Nutrition & Santé

Pleasure and health go hand-in-hand

A food product cannot be considered individually. Alone, it is neither good nor bad. It is the way in which it is associated with other food over a given period (a day, a week, etc.) and in a precise environment (who we are, how we live, what our needs are) which makes for a balanced diet. A balanced diet does not mean avoiding certain food, but eating everything in moderation and combining foods carefully.

Charcuterie products (dry ham, cooked ham, dry sausage, etc.) therefore have their place in a healthy and balanced diet. It’s all a question of balance and diversity, and the eating habits of each person.

Pleasure, taste, and satiation are ways that nature has found to show us that our habits are good and can help our body to self-regulate.

To sum up, enjoy what you eat by eating products that are tasty and good for you.

A responsible player

“Let food be your medicine!” The advice of Hippocrates, father of western medicine, is still valid today in the 21st century.

Today, it is well known that a healthy and balanced diet satisfies our nutritional needs and helps to prevent chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity or diabetes.

As the leading charcuterie supplier in France, the Aoste Group is fully aware of its responsibilities in terms of nutrition and health.

Nutritional value of Aoste Group products

The protein, lipid, vitamin and mineral content of Aoste Group products make them good products in terms of nutrition.

- Dried ham, dry sausage, and cooked ham are rich in good quality protein. A 45 g slice of cooked ham covers 17% of RDI (Recommended Daily Intake – in other words the amount needed to cover the physiological requirements of almost everybody) for an adult man, and 100% of RDI for a three year old child.

- In terms of lipids, these three food items contain a high proportion of monounsaturated fatty acids (on average over 47%) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (on average over 12%).

- The cholesterol content of charcuterie products is moderate. In relation to the average daily recommended intake of 300 mg, cooked ham provides 56 mg, dry ham 72 mg and dry sausage 99 mg per 100 g.

- These products are also rich in group B vitamins – charcuterie is the main source of vitamin B1 out of all foodstuffs – and in zinc.

Limited salt and fat content

* It is recommended today to limit salt to 6 to 8 g per day in order to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The evolution of manufacturing and conservation processes has made it possible to substantially reduce the salt content in charcuterie products. 50g of cooked ham (i.e. roughly the equivalent of a slice) provides just 1g of salt; the usual 30g portion of dried ham or dry sausage provides respectively 1.8g and 1.6g of salt.

The fat content in charcuterie products has been reduced by around 25% over the last thirty years. It varies from one product to another, and even varies between two products in the same category. Cooked ham from Weight Watchers contains only 2.8% of lipids, whereas the average for this category is around 3%, making it the least fatty charcuterie product.

Reducing salt and fat content is one of Aoste Group’s research subjects for the coming years.

NB: blood cholesterol consists of 20% from food cholesterol and 80% from hepatic synthesis caused by saturated fatty acids.
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