Has there ever been a more versatile food than an egg?
Whether you’re cooking up a filling breakfast, preparing a light salad, or using them in your cake, there’s nothing quite like them.
Fitness enthusiasts have been preaching for years about their benefits, but what exactly is the healthiest way to eat eggs?
Eggs are a great addition as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. They’re a great source of protein as well as vitamins and minerals, which include:1
Eggs are a cheap and nutritious source of food.
A natural source of protein, they also contain relatively few calories and are packed full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and more – making them a perfect addition to any diet.
They can be cooked in many ways too, as well as combined with other food sources to make delicious and healthy combinations.
Here are just a few different methods of cooking an egg:
A typical hard-boiled egg (large) contains:
Broken down, its nutrients would look like this:2
A closer look at its nutritional info will shed some more light on this method:3
Here’s their nutritional breakdown:
The nutritional value can vary depending on what ingredients you use, but a basic version contains the following:4
Eggs can be as nutritious as you want them to be, so if you want to have a super healthy egg then follow these simple tips.
If you’re trying to cut down on the calories, then your best option is to go with either a poached or a boiled egg.
This is down to the cooking methods, which don’t require any additional ingredients or oils.
Eggs pretty much go with anything, but they pair really well with vegetables. If you’re making an omelette, don’t be shy with your ingredients – throw in some peppers or artichokes.
If fried eggs are more your thing, it helps to use an oil that can withstand higher temperatures.
The quality of an egg can depend on a number of factors, including the environment the chicken was raised and what kind of diet it had.
Purchasing organic and free-range eggs will go a long way in improving your meals.
Overcooking an egg, particularly using a high heat, can damage its nutrients.
Cooking eggs can reduce their vitamin A content by around 20%, while it can reduce the number of antioxidants they contain.
Eggs that have been baked for 40 minutes may lose up to 61% of their vitamin D, compared to 18% when fried or boiled over a shorter time period.5
No matter how you choose to eat your eggs, you can guarantee a delicious and nutritious outcome every time.
According to the NHS, there are no recommendations on the limit of how many eggs you should eat.6
Eggs can be eaten and enjoyed as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. However, to keep them as healthy as possible without adding salt or fat.
For example, frying eggs can increase the fat content of eggs by around 50% - so it’s better to boil or poach them, without added salt or scramble without butter and using low-fat milk instead of cream.
As you’ll see from the above, there’s not a great deal in it. The healthiest way to have them is boiled.
It is thought that hard-boiled eggs are healthier, but this is mainly due to hygiene safety rather than health.
Because soft boiled eggs are only semi-cooked it is considered that the yolk in a soft boiled egg is more likely to carry salmonella than a hard boiled egg.7
However, it should be said that soft-boiled eggs do carry more protein than hard-boiled eggs.
Last updated: 26 August 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: January 2018
Bsc in Nutrition, Registered Associate Nutritionist and Certification in Pre and Post Natal Nutrition
Donia started her career as a freelance nutritionist, later she joined Nestle as their Market Nutritionist to help support their healthier product range, before joining the team at Holland & Barrett in January 2018.
Donia has over 6 years experience as a Nutritionist and also works with clients on a one to one basis to support their goals which include weight loss, prenatal and postnatal nutrition and children’s health.