Nutritional values of Speck: So many good things in the most typical South Tyrolean quality product

Complete proteins, vitamins and mineral salts

Speck Alto Adige is packed with outstandingly healthful nutrients, is easy to store and tastes fabulous both as a stand-alone dish and as an ingredient in countless recipes. It is a precious food indeed, and it is well worth keeping a supply of it in your kitchen store cupboard at all times.

Complete proteins, vitamins and mineral salts

Having undergone meticulous production procedures and rigorous selection of raw materials, Speck Alto Adige PGI is an excellent source of nutritional value. On average, 100 grams of speck contains 300 calories, equivalent to roughly 10% of the recommended daily calorie intake for an adult male. Speck Alto Adige PGI is also packed with precious proteins which, as they are broken down during the lengthy curing phase, are easy for our bodies to digest. With its moderate calorie content and high percentage of vitamin B and mineral salts such as sodium, potassium, iron and zinc, Speck Alto Adige is the ideal alternative to fresh meat, fish and eggs.

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Guidelines for a healthy diet

Overview of the most important nutrients

According to LARN “Livelli di Assunzione di Riferimento di Nutrienti ed energia” (RDA recommended daily intake) guidelines, updated in 2014, 50 g of Speck Alto Adige PGI provides a significant proportion of our daily nutritional needs.

 
Average
nutritional values
U.M. (100g) Per portion
recommended (50g)
GDA*
per portion
Energy kcal
kj
300
1,254
150
627
7%
Proteins g 30.7 15.4 31%
Carbohydrates g 1.2 0.6 0%
Lipids g 19.1 9.6 14%
Of which saturated fat g 12.4 6.2 65%
Sodium mg 1,493 746.6 31%
 

Precious proteins for healthy bones
At 30% protein per 100 grams, Speck Alto Adige is a valuable source of proteins, which are particularly important for physically active people and athletes. They contribute to muscle development and prevent muscle breakdown.

Fats: They’re not a bad thing

The generally-held consensus that we should exclude fat from our diet is mistaken. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, which the body can only absorb through food, are particularly important. The fats contained in Speck Alto Adige are considered to be an important source of energy and help the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

Vitamins: Only the best for our bodies

Vitamins are important for our health and wellbeing in general. They support energy production, strengthen the heart and nervous system, ensure healthy skin and eyes and reduce fatigue and exhaustion. The vitamins B1, B2 and B3 in Speck Alto Adige strengthen the body and promote vitality.

Other nutrients such as iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and salt make Speck Alto Adige an outstanding source of energy.

 

Brevity is the soul of clarity

The most-asked questions about Speck Alto Adige PGI
Which part of the pig does speck come from?Which part of the pig does speck come from?  
Speck Alto Adige PGI is made exclusively with lean pork thighs, sourced from farms which specialise in pig breeding. The selected thighs must meet rigorous quality criteria, and are cut using traditional methods. Find out how Speck Alto Adige PGI is created.
What is the difference between prosciutto crudo and speck?What is the difference between prosciutto crudo and speck?  
The main difference lies in the taste. The unmistakeable taste of Speck Alto Adige PGI is the result of a unique preparation method, which is a blend of two very different techniques. One of these is the Mediterranean method whereby the ham hocks are dried in the fresh air, and the other, typical of Northern and Central European countries, is the preservation of meat by smoking. Speck Alto Adige PGI is produced by using a combination of these methods: very little salt, delicate smoking and drying in the fresh mountain air. Find out more about this long tradition.
How many calories are in speck?How many calories are in speck?  
100 g of Speck Alto Adige PGI contains around 300 kcal. The recommended intake of 50 grammes, or 150 kcal, is just 7% of the recommended calorie intake for an adult. From slightly peckish to absolutely famished, you can always create the perfect, nutrition-appropriate dish with our speck-based recipes.
What nutrients does speck contain?What nutrients does speck contain?  
Speck Alto Adige PGI contains a high percentage of proteins, fats, vitamins and other nutrients, including iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and very little salt, and is the perfect food for a varied, balanced diet. Try the mouthwatering Speck Alto Adige PGI recipes at www.speck.it/en/recipes/.
How much protein does 100 g of speck contain?How much protein does 100 g of speck contain?  
100 g of Speck Alto Adige PGI contains around 3° g of protein. It is an ideal part of a balanced diet and for all people who practice sport. Find out more about the nutritional value of Speck Alto Adige PGI.
How many carbohydrates does speck contain?How many carbohydrates does speck contain?  
As it is low in carbohydrates, Speck Alto Adige PGI is ideal for people who follow a low-carb diet. 100 g of Speck Alto Adige PGI contains just 1.2 g of carbohydrates. It is a fabulous ingredient for countless low-carb recipes.
How is speck produced?How is speck produced?  
Speck Alto Adige PGI is made exclusively with lean pork thighs, sourced from farms which specialise in pig breeding. The selected thighs must meet rigorous quality criteria, and are cut using traditional methods. The unique taste of speck is the result of the blend of seasoning used, which varies from producer to producer, and the quantity of salt which, in the finished product, must never exceed 5%. After curing, the speck is gently smoked and dried in the fresh mountain air and then matured in well-ventilated rooms for an average time of 22 weeks. When the production process is complete, quality-control staff check the seasoning levels, the ratio of lean meat to fat, the salt content, consistency, aromas and flavour. The seal of quality is applied only to speck which fulfils all quality criteria, and has passed all quality-control checks. Even today, each producer’s recipe is a closely-guarded family secret handed down from generation to generation. www.speck.it/en/production/.
 
 

Living a healthy lifestyle

Speck Alto Adige PGI, an excellent source of nutrition

How important is physical activity for a healthy lifestyle? How can Speck Alto Adige PGI become a go-to alternative to salty snacks? How do fruit and speck work together? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more. The information provided is based on a document produced by the Nutrition Foundation of Italy - NFI for short - regarding the potential role of speck when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

A healthy, balanced diet

A healthy, balanced diet

When it comes to food it’s all about the right blend, and we all need our calories. Depending on age and sex, recommendations are as follows...

Getting the body going

Getting the body going

Regardless of whether you live a sporty lifestyle or simply get your exercise by taking a walk every day, the point is...

Stock up

Stock up

Sliced, whole or vacuum-packed: Purchase your Speck Alto Adige PGI straight from the producer!

Speck Alto Adige PGI as a snack

Speck Alto Adige PGI as a snack

A small snack in the morning and/or afternoon is an opportunity to replenish your energy reserves and absorb important nutrients...

 
 

Quality recipes

Find out just how versatile Speck Alto Adige can be

As a snack to go along with your aperitif, an ingredient in a vitamin-packed salad or a mouthwatering accompaniment to appetisers and main courses. The delicate, smoky aroma of Speck Alto Adige PGI, paired with its magnificent ability to balance and enhance flavours, make this mouthwatering speciality a favourite ingredient with countless home cooks.

Cannoli made of Speck Alto Adige PGI and filled with tuna sauce – recipe

Recipe for cannoli made with Speck Alto Adige PGI and tuna sauce

Tasty slices of Speck Alto Adige formed into succulent cannoli – small tubes with a soft creamy cheese and tuna filling. It's tempting!

Meat mini-pizzas with Speck Alto Adige PGI and fontina cheese - recipe

Recipe for meat mini-pizzas with Speck Alto Adige PGI and fontina cheese

How about a quick and tasty main course? Try these meat mini-pizzas, topped with diced Speck Alto Adige PGI and fontina cheese.

Pici pasta with porcini mushrooms and Speck Alto Adige PGI on a chickpea purée - recipe

Recipe for pici pasta with porcini mushrooms and Speck Alto Adige PGI on a chickpea purée

A blend of ingredients from Central Italy and Alto Adige, with pasta and chickpea purée made even tastier with Speck and mushrooms.

Pizza-in-the-pan with Speck Alto Adige PGI – recipe

South Tyrolean-style carbonara

No need to turn on the oven to enjoy a delicious pizza! With an extra touch of flavour from Speck Alto Adige PGI – the perfect combination of goodness and simplicity.

Endives with Speck Alto Adige PGI – recipe

South Tyrolean-style carbonara

Looking for a tasty alternative to the usual salad? Try this colourful and irresistible recipe!

The Marende: A traditional South Tyrolean snack

The Marende: A traditional South Tyrolean snack

The perfect between-meal snack... authenticity guaranteed with Speck Alto Adige PGI.