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Ham is a processed pork foodstuff, which undergoes preservation through curing, smoking, or salting. Ham was traditionally made only from the hind leg of swine, and referred to that specific cut of pork (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

A ham allergy is rare, but it is possible to have an allergic reaction to solely ham. Moreover it is more commonly seen to have an allergic reaction to the food additives that are used in many meats products such as ham. If you experience anaphylaxis symptoms after consuming ham, it is best to consult your doctor for further testing.

Common Uses:

Ham is typically used in its sliced form, often as a filling for sandwiches and similar foods, such as in the ham sandwich andham and cheese sandwich. It is also used chopped in a wide range of dishes, such as omelettes. Preserved ham can be cooked (although there is no requirement), and usually requires washing in water to remove salt. Whole fresh pork leg is also served cooked as gammon, known as ham in the United States (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup (140 g)

Calories 203
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8 g 12%
Saturated fat 2.5 g 12%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.8 g
Monounsaturated fat 3.7 g
Cholesterol 74 mg 24%
Sodium 1,684 mg 70%
Potassium 402 mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 2.1 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 29 g 58%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 11%
Vitamin D 11% Vitamin B-6 30%
Vitamin B-12 14% Magnesium 5%

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