Eggs are a favorite of many all over the world. Not only are they healthy and tasty, but are also easy to make. Eggs contain two main parts, the white and the yolk. Eggs contain all the essential nutrients like protein, minerals, and vitamins.
Calories in Plain and Cooked Eggs
Egg white is the liquid component in the egg, which is also called albumin. It is named after the protein it contains. The main function of this protein layer is protection, nutrition, and growth of yolk (the embryo). The amount of calories in an egg albumin is about 16-18, depending on the size and age of the egg. The average calories in the egg white is comparatively lesser than those in the yolk. Egg albumin is rich in proteins and contains very less fat.
Egg yolk is the yellow part of the egg, it contains more fat and cholesterol. The number of calories in the yolk is about 58-60. Egg yolk is highly nutritious as its protein content is very high. Carotenoids present in it give it the yellow color. Only a healthy hen can store carotenoids in its yolk. Brightly colored yellow yolk is always preferable, since it signifies that the hen that laid the egg was healthy and thus the egg is fit for consumption.
Whole Raw Eggs
Raw eggs are consumed mainly by body builders and athletes to improve stamina, as they contain high level of calories and proteins. Consumption of raw egg is not suitable for everyone, as it may cause an upset stomach. People who have a weak digestive system should not consume raw eggs. A whole raw egg together with its albumin and yolk stores about 76-78 calories.
A soft-boiled egg makes for a very healthy meal, as all nutrients are retained. A whole soft-boiled egg has about 78-80 calories. It contains 5-7 gm of fat, of which 1.5 - 2.5 gm are saturated fats. The amount of calories obtained from an egg also depend upon the method of boiling. It should be boiled for specific period, which depends on whether you want it hard or soft, and should be consumed immediately.
Hard-boiled eggs are cooked for longer than soft boiled eggs, preferably in boiling water. The complete cooking of an egg curbs the possibility of any infection to the person who consumes it. Calories in a hard-boiled egg are between 78 and 81. It contains approximately 6.07 - 6.04 gm of fat.
Scrambled egg contains close to 100 calories. It contains 7.9 gm of fat. Scrambled egg is made by stirring the egg contents after breaking its hard shell and cooking it on a low flame. If it is taken with milk or cooked with butter or cheese, it will only add calories.
Poached egg contains about 79-81 calories, same as that of hard-boiled egg. Poached egg contains about 6.07- 6.04 gm of fat.
Egg Sandwich or Egg Salad with Mayonnaise
You may find an egg sandwich or egg salad with mayonnaise tasty, but it has large amount of calories. Egg sandwich or egg salad with mayonnaise contains 556 calories. The total fat content of this recipe is about 44.05 gm.
The most important way to stay fit and healthy is to have right amount of calories in our diet. We require about 2000 calories per day. Exercising regularly can help you burn excess calories. The calories will not prove to be excess if consumed in right amounts. Eggs not only provide us the essential amount of calories, but also with important minerals and vitamins.