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Is pesto healthy?

  1. Traditional pesto sauce made from olive oil, pine nuts, basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese is a healthy addition to any diet. Although pesto has a relatively high amount of calories and fat, it also has good nutrients and a full flavor that many sauces do not have. When you consume pesto in moderation, it fits perfectly into your diet.

The history of pesto

  1. Pesto is originally from the Genova area in Italy. The Italian word for pesto is pestare, which means to crush something. It was made with the help of a wooden pestle and a marble mortar. The region around Genova is called Liguria, the families who live there often all have their own pesto recipe with small changes to the traditional pesto alla Genovese recipe. This well-known recipe is first mentioned in a book from 1863. The ancient Romans ate a pasta called moretum. This is very similar to the current pesto.


  1. Pesto contains vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to maintain good vision, healthy skin and gums and is involved in the resistance. Besides vitamin A there is also vitamin C in pesto. This more famous vitamin acts as an antioxidant, it ensures the formation of connective tissue and protects the body against free radicals. In addition, vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron. Protein is also in pesto, protein is a building material for the muscles and you need a lot of this if you are serious about fitness. All these nutrients make pesto healthy, but there are some things to keep in mind.

High calorie content

  1. Because pesto contains a lot of fat, it has a high calorie content. Fortunately, pesto mainly contains unsaturated fat. This is good for the heart and even cholesterol levels. Yet this does result in 455 kcal per 100g gram.

Remember salt

  1. Look carefully at which pesto you buy, because some contain more salt than others. You get enough of salt every day because it is in many products in which you may not expect it. So it is smart to choose the kind with the least salt.

Use of pesto

  1. Because pesto is very tasty, you don't need much of it to give your dish extra flavor. You can use it on pizza, as a dip, in soup and in pasta meals.

Which pesto is the healthiest?

  1. 100 grams of pesto Grand’Italia Pesto AH Pesto AH organic green pesto Energy 429 kcal 455 kcal 445 kcal Fat 41 g 44 g 48 g Of which saturated 6.2 g 6 g 5.5 g Trans fat - - - Carbohydrates 9.6 g 10 g 2.5 g Of which sugars 5.2 g 4.5 g 2.5 g Dietary fiber 1.2 g 3 g 0.1 g Proteins 5.4 g 4 g 2 g Salt 2.8 g 3.3 g 1.29 (Sodium)

Which people cannot consume pesto?

  1. There are a number of ingredients in pesto that are not tolerable for everyone. For example, pesto from the supermarket contains cashew nuts, egg and lactose. For people who are allergic to any of these three things, it is wise to avoid pesto.

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