Apulian taralli are one of the most popular baked goods of all, and this is because they are
something simple but good at the same time. Tasting one of the many types of taralli pugliesi takes you back to Puglia with just one bite and that’s why everyone loves them.
These products are as simple as the recipe for taralli.
They are usually made by mixing water, flour, extra virgin olive oil and white wine.
Various variations include fennel, onion, sesame, pepper and other spices to enrich the taste.
When you taste a tarallino, you immediately think of Puglia and its many gastronomic delights, but you are also eating a rich and complete baked product, since it can be considered a substitute for bread at the table.
But what are all the properties of taralli? If you answer this question, you will understand that this product is not only good, but also nutritious and can be eaten on any occasion, although always in moderation.
All the properties and benefits of taralli: here’s why to eat them
Here is a list of the 5 most important properties of taralli. When you think of this baked product, an oven and the smell of freshly baked bread often come to mind. This is another reason why taralli are so popular. All that’s left to do, therefore, is to point out their properties.
1. They can replace bread. This statement must be followed by a clarification.
If you want to use taralli instead of bread, you must remember that they contain oil and therefore you must reduce the amount of oil in your lunch. It should also be remembered that taralli generally contain more calories than fresh bread. So be careful with the quantity and type of tarallo you eat.
2. Excellent nutritional properties. Taralli are highly energetic, with energy coming from both the carbohydrates and lipids they contain. It should also be pointed out that there are more or less low-fat versions of this baked product, so care must always be taken with the ingredients they contain. However, if they are only made with olive oil, taralli do not have a negative effect on cholesterol.
3. They have a good fibre content. Taralli contain a lot of fibre, which is why they are also good for intestinal health and proper transit. Especially the wholemeal version, this food is a real cure-all. One must always remember that fibre is important and must be included in one’s daily diet. They serve both to improve intestinal transit, as outlined above, and to help the metabolism by promoting the proliferation of the bacterial flora, as well as increasing the sense of satiety. It is therefore easy to see why taralli should be included in your diet.
4. They are genuine. Taralli are a typical product of the Apulian tradition and are made with products from this land. Therefore, a simple recipe but enriched with excellent extra virgin olive oil of the best quality makes this baked product nutritious and, above all, genuine.
5. They are tasty. One of the properties of taralli is that they are extremely tasty, which is why everyone, from North to South, is crazy about them. Anyone who eats a taralli cannot help but think of Puglia, its flavours and the magical atmosphere that this region offers. For this reason, taralli are among the most popular foods of all. Whether it’s an aperitif or a simple snack, breaking the hunger pangs by eating a small amount of taralli is always a winning idea.
As mentioned, this is a baked product which, if well made, is nutritious and energetic. You should therefore be very careful about the ingredients they contain.
Taralli, nutritional values: how to choose the right amount to eat
As is well known, taralli are small golden circles made from a dough created with simple ingredients typical of the area of production. These are water, flour, white wine and excellent evo oil, a product that brings to mind the flavours of Puglia.
Specifically, this baked product is produced in two stages. Before baking, however, a sort of vermicelli of dough is created, the vertices of which are superimposed to give the typical shape of the tarallo.
Looking at the nutritional values of tarallo, we can say that they are similar to breadsticks, croutons, crackers. However, a big difference is that, in typical recipes, taralli are not made with lard but with high quality olive oil, which makes them lighter and less fatty.
100g of classic taralli have about 60/70% carbohydrates, 10% protein and the rest lipids.
However, you should not exaggerate. You should therefore always calculate your nutritional requirements and include taralli in your diet, taking into account the other foods you eat. As suggested, if you eat taralli at lunchtime, perhaps instead of fresh bread, always remember that they contain oil and, therefore, you must reduce the overall amount of this element.
How many calories do taralli pugliesi have?
You should never exaggerate, but this is a rule that applies to all foods. It should also be borne in mind that the calorie intake of taralli varies according to the recipe, but it is around 400 kcal.
When not to eat taralli: contraindications
Let’s now see what the contraindications and side effects of eating taralli might be. As mentioned, it is a product very rich in carbohydrates and lipids, which is why those following a slimming diet should limit their consumption of this food. Even those on a special diet to combat hyperglycaemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus should not consume this type of food.
In their traditional version, taralli are also not suitable for coeliacs, who will have to buy products suitable for their needs, but can opt for another version of flour suitable for them.
On the other hand, there are no contraindications for those with lactose intolerance, since traditional taralli do not contain milk.
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