Red meat has long been named the enemy when it comes to heart health, with UK and US guidelines insisting we eat no more than 70g or pork or beef per day.
But now, new clinical trials out of the Purdue University, Indiana, have found that consuming unprocessed red meats in amounts above what’s typically recommended does not, in fact, pose a risk to short term cardiovascular disease factors including blood pressure and cholesterol.
“During the last 20 years, there have been recommendations to eat less red meat as part of a healthier diet, but our research supports that red meat can be incorporated into a healthier diet,” said Wayne Campbell, professor of nutrition science.
“Red meat is a nutrient-rich food, not only as a source for protein but also bioavailable iron.”
This new information comes as welcome news to us Christmas ham enthusiasts, as now we can binge upon our second, third and leftover helpings – guilt free!
Now, with the big day just days away, we've rounded up our top three favorite ham recipes that will keep the family coming back for seconds this year.
Blood orange marmalade glazed ham
With a glossy and tangy glaze, this celestial leg of ham will be the centrepiece of your Christmas table. Check out the recipe here!
Bourbon-glazed ham with warm potato and celery salad
One for the adults, this delicious and rather stunning main is complimented perfectly by the freshness of the accompanying warm salad. With a lighter and fresher feel, you'll have more room pudding.
Baked ham with cherry glaze
Sweet, sticky and rich in flavour, this recipe incorporates the very best of summer's offerings with fresh, pitted cherries.
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