The Incredible Egg

NUTRITION TIP THURSDAY

by Lindsey Herr

Eggs are a great way to start your day. On a typical morning, I eat one hard-boiled egg and a piece of fruit or a slice of toast. Many people question the healthfulness of eggs because 1 large egg has 185mg of cholesterol (and the dietary guidelines recommend only 200 mg/day). However, for healthy individuals, research is beginning to show that dietary cholesterol does not necessarily affect the cholesterol in your blood. Nutrition scientists are finding that blood cholesterol is not based off of your diet, but rather, your genetic makeup. Trans fats pose a greater threat to our health and should be the main focus when looking at a nutrition label. An egg has 0 grams trans fat!

 

Here are the highlights of one large egg:

  • Low in Calories: Only 70 calories an egg, which makes it a great choice for a snack

  • Low in Sodium: 70 mg of sodium is only 3% of your Daily Value

  • No Carbohydrates: Which means an egg is great when paired with a healthy carbohydrate- like fruit or a slice of whole wheat toast

  • High in Protein: 6g of Protein in a 70 calorie egg?! Yes, please!

  • High in B Vitamins: Great for energy, metabolism, your skin, and so much more!

Check out this extended label for yourself!

The EXTENDED version of the nutrition panel for 1 large egg.

The EXTENDED version of the nutrition panel for 1 large egg.

 

Resources on Eggs for further reading!

  1. Cleveland Clinic
  2. Harvard Health
  3. Mayo Clinic

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