The Nutritional Values of Cotechino Modena IGP


The Cotechino Modena is an ancient food which however has a fat content consistent with the suggestions of the modern nutritional science. Contrary to prejudices, has less calories than you think: one ounce gives a caloric intake of about 250 calories lower than of a plain pasta dish. Cholesterol is also present in quantities similar to those of chicken or sea bass and in any case inferior to those of many foods which we usually consume and with less “guilt”, such as eggs, seafood or grana cheese.

In addition, as the Zampone Modena, based on the analysis of the National Institute of Research for Food and Nutrition, the Cotechino Modena:

  • has a high content of noble proteins,
  • has more unsaturated fat than saturated fat, in line with nutritional recommendations on fat quality,
  • after cooking it loses some of the fat, which is dispersed without being swallowed,
  • • it is rich in B vitamins and minerals, especially iron and zinc it is in a form that is available to be used by the body.


The table below compares the latest INRAN survey with the previous one in 1993,
and shows how, in recent years, the nutritional values have improved considerably.

       1993               2011       Chicken Grana Cheese Mozzarella
Energy (Kcal) 319 253 171 385 253
Proteins 21,4 23,6 19 33 18,7
Carbohydrates n.d. 3,2
Fat 25,9 16,3
   – of which saturated 8,48 5,09 3,27 18,03 10,01
Cholesterol 95 86 93 100 46