The number of calories in eggs can vary depending on lots of factors, including how large the egg is, what bird it cam from and even what part of it you are talking about. In a common or garden large hen’s egg, the yolk contains over 80 per cent of the total calories, though the carbohydrates are split almost equally with the albumen (or white).
The kind of eggs we use in cooking and for eating come from chickens and a medium sized one has around 80 calories. But don’t leave it there, aside from the number of calories in an egg, there’s plenty more we need to know. I will reveal all of an egg’s nasty little secrets in this article.
When it comes to causing cholesterol problems, eggs have had a bad press. To suggest that eating eggs will cause the cholesterol levels in your blood to increase is frankly, incorrect. In 2009 a study of more than 21,000 people showed that eating up to six eggs a week (just under one a day) had no significant effect on a normal adult’s cholesterol levels. People with diabetes should be more careful and perhaps seek the advice of a doctor.
If you are concerned with the health effects of eating eggs, you can eat the white with almost impunity. Over 50% of the calories in eggs come from the fat in the yolk. Of that, only a quarter of that is saturated fat containing LDL (the “bad” type of) cholesterol. The egg white consists primarily of water (87%) and contains no cholesterol or fat.
It has become something of a myth that eggs are not good for you. This is baloney, as the the health effects of eggs are enormous. Raw egg in particular contains many beneficial nutrients that help the brain function and the nervous system, glands and hormones do their work. You just have to be careful off low grade and battery eggs that may be infected with salmonella. Eggs are a major source of vitamins A, B3 and D, as well as protein and iodine. You may be surprised to hear that egg yolks are one of a tiny number of foods containing vitamin D, Normally we receive our dose of D from the sun’s rays.
Eggs come in all shapes and sizes and different types contain different amounts of calories. For example, a raw goose egg weighs around 150 grams and contains 240 calories, whereas the same from a quail weights 14 grams, with 20 calories. Much depends on how you cook your egg. A medium boiled hen’s egg comes in at around 75-80 calories. Fry it and you are adding as many calories as the fat you cook it in.