How Many Calories in an Egg?

How many calories in an egg, and what is the quality of those calories? How should the egg be prepared? There are about 75 calories in a large egg. There are about 66 calories in a medium egg, and in an extra large egg about 86 calories. 
A microwave omlet maker

In the 70s we were told not to eat eggs because of the cholesterol. Now we are told that they a great food with high quality calories and that if you eat an egg in the morning, it will keep you filling satisfied for awhile. Well the advice of the 70s was not all bad. Check out the nutritional chart below and you will see that when cooked in margarine, the egg is not nearly as good for you. A boiled egg is good for you, but I like to cook mine in the microwave because it is easier and faster to cook and it is easier to clean up.  The omelet is also a great way to add some vegetables to your meal, which are not only good for you but will keep you filled up for a little longer.

The omelet maker above is what I use for a quick healthy 2 egg meal. 

Also in the 60s and 70s we were eating our eggs with way too much fatty meat such as bacon and sausage and ham. The egg white is touted as the health food of weight watchers and others that thing they need lots of protein, but why not eat the whole egg and also get a little bit more vitamins. Like other foods, it is not just the amount of vitamins, but also getting a balance of vitamins. They cannot be saved in the body forever, so why eat more than one or two eggs a day? I like my eggs cooked in a microwave omelet pan with vegetables. A piece of whole wheat toast makes for a nice breakfast. Of course you can eat eggs any time of day, but they are just so fast and easy they work well in the morning.



Medium Egg Raw Large Egg Raw Extra Large Egg Raw Large Egg White Large Egg Yolk Cooked in Margarine with salt
measure 1 med 1 large 1 extra large 1 white 1 yolk 1 large
weight (g) 44 50 58 33 17 46
water (g) 75 75 75 88 49 69
calories (kcal) 66 [0.75] 75 [0.75] 86 [0.75] 17 [0.25] 59 [0.50] 92 [1.00] *
Protein (g) 5 6 7 0 5 6
Total fat (g) 4 5 6 0 1.6 7
saturated fat (g) 1.4 1.6 1.8 0 1.9 1.9
monounsaturated fat (g) 1.7 1.9 2.2 0 0.7 2.7
polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.6 0.7 0.8 0 0.7 1.3
Cholesterol (mg) 187 213 247 1055 213 211
Carbohydrate (g) 1 1 1 TrTr1
Total dietary fiber (g) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Calcium (mg) 22 25 28 2 23 25
Iron (mg) 0.6 0.07 0.8 Tr0.6 0.7
Potassium (mg) 53 61 70 48 16 61
Sodium (mg) 55 63 73 55 7 162
Vitamin A (IU) 279 318 368 0 323 394
Vitamin A (RE) 84 96 111 0 97 114
Thiamin (mg) 0.03 0.3 0.04 Tr0.03 0.03
Riboflavin (mg) 0.22 0.25 0.29 0.15 0.11 0.24
Niacin (mg) TrTrTrTrTrTr
Assorbic acid (mg) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin E (mg) 0.460.53 0.590 0.440.6

* value in brackets is calorie cash value.

Calories in an Egg Chart (pdf)

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