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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).

Nutrient Quantity
Protein 6.2 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Cholesterol 212 mg
Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Vitamin A 290 IU
Vitamin B6 0.1 mg
Vitamin B12 0.6 mcg
Vitamin E 0.5 mg
Vitamin K 0.1 mcg
Calcium 25 mg
Sodium 60 mg
Magnesium 5 mg
Potassium 63 mg
Selenium 15.5 mcg
Zinc 0.5 mg
Phosphorus 85 mg
Iron 0.6 mg


Calorie Content in a Hard-boiled Egg

Total Calories 76 (approx.)
Calories from Fat 47
Calories from Protein 27
Calories from Carbohydrates 2

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).

Type Calories
Whole hard-boiled Egg 76
Egg Yolk 60
Egg White 17
Poached Egg 76
Scrambled Egg 100
Fried Egg 92


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.