Chicken Eggs - Dozen

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Chicken Eggs - Dozen


Chicken eggs are often maligned for their high cholesterol content. But these inexpensive sources of protein actually offer tremendous nutrition and can play a role in a healthy diet. A study in the "International Journal of Obesity" published in August 2008 found that including an egg breakfast as part of a low-calorie diet can actually increase rate of weight loss by 65 percent. Eggs are a good choice for low-carb dieters and frugal shoppers.

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Calories: 72
Fat: 4.75 g, with 1.55 g of these being saturated fat
Carbohydrates: 0.36g (Trace)
Cholesterol: 213 mg
Protein: 6.28 g. The egg white contains 3.47 g of this protein.

Essential Vitamins:
Chicken eggs provide small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. They are also a source of most B vitamins, as well as vitamins E, K and A. Egg yolks are a good source of choline, a newer addition to the B vitamin group. Egg yolks are also a source of lutein, an antioxidant that helps with vision.

How a chicken egg is prepared affects its calorie and fat content. Hard-boiled, soft-boiled and poached eggs do not contain added calories or fats. A fried egg contains 92 calories and 7 g of fat, and a scrambled egg contains 101 calories and 7.45 g of fat.