Who doesn’t love eggs? They’re inexpensive, and they’re a great source of protein, which is important whether you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle. Plus, eggs are versatile, so you can eat them scrambled at breakfast, hard boiled as a snack, or fried on top of a big pile of vegetables at dinner.
But can something so small really contain that much protein? The answer may actually surprise you.
Here’s how much protein is in one egg
The amount of protein varies depending on size, but here’s how much you can expect from one egg, according to the United States Department of Agriculture:
- Jumbo: 90 calories and 7.9 grams of protein
- Extra large: 80 calories and seven grams of protein
- Large: 72 calories and 6.3 grams of protein
- Medium: 63 calories and 5.5 grams of protein
What part of eggs contain the most protein?
There’s a lot of debate about whether it’s best to eat the whole egg — the egg white and the yolk — and recent studies have shown that whole eggs are a great food for weight loss and don’t increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Although egg yolks contain many important nutrients like iron and vitamins A, D, E, and K, the whites pack the most punch of protein. The whites from one egg contain about four grams of protein, while the yolk includes 2.7 grams of protein.
Have you eaten too many eggs and want to spice it up a little? Here are some tips on how to better cook them.
By Melissa Matthews