This is the most fattening aperitif in Spanish bars

Having an aperitif at the bar before going home to eat can be, in some cases, little recommended. And it all depends on what is ordered together with the beer, the soda or the vermouth. And it is that, many times, we eat more in these previous moments than in the meals themselves or, at least, we eat foods with more calories.

For this reason, it is necessary to take into account which foods are healthy and recommended as snacks and which are less so, within the wide variety of tapas that are offered in the Spanish bars.

Thus, according to a study prepared in 2011 by the Spanish Nutrition Foundation and collected by the newspaper The Spanish, of all the servings offered in the country, the one with the most calories is the black pudding cover and, after this, the typical Madrid calluses would be located. Specific, blood sausage provides 455 Kcal, just two small slices and some bread.

blood sausage

Healthier products

For this reason, it would be much more advisable to resort to other alternatives that are also offered in bars as an aperitif. These are some of the recommendations:

A multitude of bars and establishments serve alongside the drink a small bowl of pickles, mainly made up of pickles, olives, or chives They contain little fat and have a low caloric value. In addition, they have a powerful satiating effect, which will prevent you from bloating on food; they favor the health of the intestinal flora, by having the presence of probiotics; and they are rich in fiber and vitamin C.

Most nuts are beneficial to health, the only varieties that you should avoid are the fries and those that include huge amounts of salt, such as kikos, peanuts or almonds. It is best to opt for natural or roasted nuts, especially walnuts, chestnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, as they contain a good dose of phosphorus, B vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Another of the tapas par excellence in our country, either Galician style, grilled or salpicón. In any of its varieties, this cephalopod will not only satisfy your appetite, it also strengthens the defenses, regulates cholesterol, controls diabetes and has most interesting satiating and anti-inflammatory properties.

Where to eat the best octopus in Galicia?  (Bigstock)

One of the options to consider is also one of the most representative products of Spanish gastronomy. Although it should be eaten in moderation, ordering a tapa of Iberian ham as an aperitif can provide you with a not inconsiderable amount of folic acid, protein and vitamins B1, B6 and B12. Compounds that keep bad cholesterol, anemia, and cardiovascular disease at bay.

This seafood product, both pickled, pickled or in vinegar, has a high content of Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of healthy fat that lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and prevents the onset of cardiovascular diseases. Nor should it be abused, but its benefits make it suitable for aperitif time.