Are you following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet and wondering if ham is compliant?
Look no further! In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of AIP-friendly ham, including a delicious recipe that is sure to please your taste buds.
Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner or simply looking for a flavorful main course, this ham recipe is perfect for any occasion.
So, let’s dive in and discover if ham can be a part of your AIP diet.
Is Ham AIP Compliant?
Ham can be AIP compliant, but it depends on the ingredients used in the recipe. Traditional ham often contains preservatives, nitrates, and nitrites, which are not allowed on the AIP diet. Additionally, some ham recipes may include seed-based spices or refined sugar, which are also not allowed on the AIP diet.
However, there are ways to make ham AIP compliant. For example, you can use a ham that is free of preservatives and nitrates, and substitute seed-based spices with AIP-friendly herbs like tarragon or sage. You can also use natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey instead of refined sugar.
It’s important to read labels carefully and choose high-quality ingredients when making AIP-friendly ham. You can also try making your own ham at home using AIP-compliant ingredients.
What Is The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Diet?
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is a dietary approach that aims to reduce inflammation, pain, and other symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to chronic inflammation and tissue destruction. The AIP diet is an elimination diet that involves removing certain foods that may cause inflammation and reintroducing them gradually once symptoms improve.
The AIP diet is similar to the paleo diet, but it is more strict and focuses on autoimmune wellness. It advocates consuming whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, minimally processed animal products, minimally processed vegetable oils, fermented probiotic-rich foods, non-seed derived spices, and natural vinegar. Certain foods such as sea salt, saturated fats, coconut-based foods, and natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup are allowed, but some protocols recommend moderate consumption. Furthermore, some protocols advise limiting fruits and vegetables with a high glycemic index.
Research on the AIP diet is promising but limited. Many people who have followed the AIP diet report improvements in how they feel, as well as reductions in common symptoms of autoimmune disorders such as fatigue and gut or joint pain. Its purported benefits are achieved through healing a condition known as “leaky gut” or “hyperpermeability”. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting the AIP diet to ensure that it is appropriate for your individual needs and health status.
What Makes Ham Non-compliant On The AIP Diet?
Ham can be non-compliant on the AIP diet if it contains preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, seed-based spices, or refined sugar. Preservatives, nitrates, and nitrites are commonly used in processed meats like ham to extend their shelf life and enhance their flavor. However, these additives can trigger inflammation and worsen symptoms for those on the AIP diet. Seed-based spices like mustard and fennel are also not allowed on the AIP diet as they contain compounds that can irritate the gut lining and trigger autoimmune reactions. Refined sugar is another non-compliant ingredient as it can disrupt blood sugar levels and fuel inflammation in the body. It’s important to carefully read labels and choose ham products that are free of these non-compliant ingredients when following the AIP diet.
AIP-friendly Ham Options
If you’re looking for AIP-friendly ham options, there are a few recipes you can try. One option is the Slow Cooker Ham recipe mentioned above, which uses AIP-friendly ingredients like garlic, thyme, and maple syrup. This recipe is easy to make and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or holiday gathering.
Another option is the Honey Baked Ham recipe mentioned above, which uses a glaze made with honey and Dijon mustard instead of refined sugar. This recipe also offers AIP-compliant options like ghee and wasabi powder.
If you prefer a soup option, the Sweet Potato and Kale Soup with Ham is a great choice. This recipe uses leftover ham and homemade chicken broth for deep flavor, and includes AIP-friendly ingredients like sweet potatoes and kale.
A Delicious AIP Ham Recipe
Looking for a delicious AIP-compliant ham recipe? Look no further than this Healthy Glazed Baked Ham recipe!
To make this recipe AIP-compliant, substitute the fennel and anise with AIP-friendly herbs like tarragon or sage. You can also use natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey instead of refined sugar.
Start by making the glaze. Combine melted butter, honey, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic in a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Stir until combined.
Next, place the ham on a large pan with the cut side down. Brush the ham with the glaze, covering all areas.
Tent the ham loosely with tin foil and place it in the oven. For an 8 lb ham, cook for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours (about 15 minutes per pound), or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
For a caramelized coating, turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until desired doneness.
Remove from oven and transfer onto a cutting board. Slice ham and serve with any leftover glaze.
This Healthy Glazed Baked Ham is not only AIP-compliant but also delicious and nutritious. Serve it with roasted vegetables and a fresh spring salad to make any meal a nutritious celebratory occasion.
Tips For Incorporating Ham Into Your AIP Diet
If you want to incorporate ham into your AIP diet, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Choose high-quality ham: Look for a ham that is free of preservatives, nitrates, and nitrites. You can find these at natural food stores or online.
2. Avoid seed-based spices: Substitute seed-based spices with AIP-friendly herbs like tarragon or sage. This will add flavor to your ham without compromising the AIP diet.
3. Use natural sweeteners: Traditional ham recipes often call for refined sugar, which is not allowed on the AIP diet. Use natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey instead.
4. Make your own ham: Making your own ham at home allows you to control the ingredients and ensure that it is AIP compliant. You can find AIP-friendly ham recipes online or in AIP cookbooks.
5. Watch portion sizes: While ham can be AIP compliant, it should still be consumed in moderation. Ham is high in sodium and can be high in fat, so be mindful of portion sizes.
By following these tips, you can enjoy ham as part of your AIP diet without compromising your health goals. Remember to always read labels and choose high-quality ingredients when making AIP-friendly meals.