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Calories in Prosciutto Ham

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author image Christine Binnendyk
Based in Portland, Ore., Christine Binnendyk has written about health topics since 2001. She is the author of the book "Ageless Pilates" and her work has appeared in "SELF" magazine and "Pilates Pro." Binnendyk holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Connecticut and certifications from YogaFit, ACE, IDEA, Oregon School of Massage and the Pilates Studio of New York.
Calories in Prosciutto Ham
Sliced prosciutto on crackers. Photo Credit Roxiller/iStock/Getty Images

Prosciutto, a delicate, dry-cured ham imported from Italy, is often served cut into thin slices. The curing process means that it does not need to be cooked before being eaten.

Calories

One oz. of prosciutto ham, about two slices, contains 70 calories, with half coming from protein and half from fat. Each serving contains 8 g of protein, 25 percent more than a whole egg, and 5 g of fat, about half the fat of an egg.

Considerations

MayoClinic.com recommends keeping your saturated fat intake below 15 g per day. A two-serving snack of prosciutto contains 10 percent of your daily saturated fat limit, less than 2 g, making it a reasonable option as part of a healthy diet.

Benefits

Prosciutto contains very little carbohydrate, about 1 g per ounce, making it a sensible choice for low-carb dieters.

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