Pepperoni is a kind of sausage, of Italian-American origin, consisting of a variety of salami made with beef and pork, salt and some spices. It is characterized by its soft texture, smoked flavor and reddish color, obtained after the curing process. It is widely consumed in the United States and is used in multiple preparations, especially in pizzas used as a main ingredient, being pepperoni pizza one of the favorites.
Being a sausage used for fast food, the question arises whether does pepperoni make you fat ?, the answer is simple and it is that it is not fattening. However, it can if you do not pay attention to certain factors that we will show you in this article.
Pepperoni Nutrition facts
The information below reveals the caloric content of a 4 cm diameter x 0.6 cm thick slice of peperonni.
- Calories: 26 Kcal
- Protein: 1.12 gr
- Fat: 2.22 gr
- Cholesterol: 6 mg
- Sodium: 98 mg
According to the nutritional values of peperonni seen above, it can be deduced that it is a sausage with an important amount of fat and salt. If we compare it with a caloric intake of 2000 to 3000 kcal, required by an adult person per day, it would provide 1.3% of calories, 4.4% of fat and about 5% of sodium or salt, clearly very high levels for a food so small in quantity. In addition, it has the presence of preservatives and additives, common in this type of food, which clearly detract from the health benefits of peperoni.
Can pepperoni make you gain weight?
Pepperoni is not fattening, even though it is a processed food with a high amount of fat. If it is consumed in large quantities and regularly, it can make you gain weight.
The way in which this sausage is consumed is also important to consider, since it is used for the preparation of snacks and fast food, as in the case of pizza, which in addition to pepperoni has more ingredients that increase the amount of calories in a meal.
Also, the amount of salt it contains is important to take into account, since the excess of sodium is harmful to health. Since pepperoni is not an essential food in a daily diet, it could be omitted without any problem, but if you still want to consume it without gaining weight, you can do it by eating only 1 or 2 slices a day at the most.