Nutritional values of Grana Padano
Every piece of Grana Padano is a culinary delight for a tasty aperitif as well as for a traditional dinner at home. But in contrast to many delicacies that we sometimes regret afterwards, Grana Padano is a food that is both tasty and healthy.
We can find only four ingredients in the wheels. The main ingredient is obviously the raw milk, which makes up 98%. We can also find dried sea salt (1,6%), a very small percentage of calf rennet (0,004%), and lysozyme (0,025%) which is an enzyme that is naturally present in many nutritive substances such as in the egg white. These four ingredients determine the nutritional values of the Grana Padano cheese. Let´s have a closer look.
Grana Padano contains a high concentration of proteins. Being a dairy product Grana Padano contains the same protein input as milk, but in a concentrated form. These proteins are leucine, lysine, phenylalanine and tyrosine. This means that we can find in 60g of Grana Padano the same amount of nutrients found in one liter of milk.
Iodine, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and especially calcium. Mineral salts are essential for health and in Grana Padano you can find a significantly high amount of them.
In a 50 g portion of Grana Padano we can find the average percentage of A and B2 vitamins which equals to a third of the RDA fixed by the European Union. The same amount of Grana Padano supplies 75%of the daily amount of B12 vitamin recommended for an adult; this information can be especially interesting for vegetarians.
Small amount of “good” fats. Being made by partially skimmed milk, Grana Padano is technically a semi-fat cheese. A 50g portion contains approximately 30% fat, which is mostly “good” unsaturated fat, providing half of the daily percentage recommended.
No carbohydrates and no lactose! Grana Padano is gluten-free and lactose-free and is therefore perfectly suited for people that suffer from celiac disease and lactose intolerance.