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One of the healthiest ways to consume an egg is by boiling it. It is also one of the best choices for those with weight concerns. The method for preparation involves cooking the eggs in water (along with their shells) for 3-10 minutes, on a medium flame. When the preparation time is short, a soft boiled egg is obtained (that is with a runny yolk) and when the boiling is done for a longer time, a hard-boiled egg is obtained. Hard-boiled eggs can be consumed on its own, or added to salads and various other dishes. They are a rich source of protein and their consumption has many health benefits.

Nutrition Facts

Contrary to what many people believe, eggs contain a lot more than just proteins and fat. Here is a list of all the nutrients that an egg contains:
  • Proteins (in a generous amount and in its purest form)
  • Plenty of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, D, E, and K)
  • Fats (saturated and unsaturated)
  • Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, and phosphorus.
For those who are interested in numerical stats, here is a chart which depicts the nutritional contents of one large egg (whole and hard-boiled).

NutrientQuantity
Protein6.2 g
Carbohydrates1 g
Cholesterol212 mg
Fat5 g
Unsaturated Fat2.5 g
Vitamin A290 IU
Vitamin B60.1 mg
Vitamin B120.6 mcg
Vitamin E0.5 mg
Vitamin K0.1 mcg
Calcium25 mg
Sodium60 mg
Magnesium5 mg
Potassium63 mg
Selenium15.5 mcg
Zinc0.5 mg
Phosphorus85 mg
Iron0.6 mg


Calorie Content in a Hard-boiled Egg

Total Calories76 (approx.)
Calories from Fat47
Calories from Protein27
Calories from Carbohydrates2

76 calories is what a whole hard-boiled egg contains. An egg white contains a significantly less number of calories as compared to a whole egg. The following table should give a better idea (Please note: all the following numbers are for a single large egg).

TypeCalories
Whole hard-boiled Egg76
Egg Yolk60
Egg White17
Poached Egg76
Scrambled Egg100
Fried Egg92


Including them as a part of the diet, might prove beneficial. Also, remember that eggs (when eaten in moderation or by skipping the yolk) are an excellent food in terms of all-round nutrition.

Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.