So, a lot of people ask “how many carbs do eggs have” because, eggs are one of the most nutritious foods around and contain so many different vitamins and minerals, a good complete source of protein, good fats.
So, in a nutshell, when it comes to carbs, there are not many at all! In fact, the below shows you just how many approximately there are.
1 small egg – 0.28 g carbs
1 medium egg – 0.34 g carbs
1 large egg – 0.38 g carbs
1 extra large – 0.45 g carbs
1 Jumbo egg – 0.50 g carbs
Back in the 70’s people were told to limit themselves to 1 egg a day max as they are the biggest concentrated source of dietary cholesterol and dietary cholesterol had been identified as a big risk in causing heart disease.
The research showed that the increased risk of heart disease increased significantly if a person ate large quantities of more than 1 egg a day.
Thankfully, eggs are now in people’s good books again and new research has shown that to be complete crap. Eggs are extremely nutritious and recent studies have questioned whether it is necessary to limit dietary cholesterol to 1 egg a day.
Nutritional Facts Of Eggs
1 large egg is around 72 calories and has around 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat.
1 Egg, raw
Amount Per 1 large (50 g)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8 g 7%
Saturated fat 1.6 g 8%
Polyunsaturated fat 1 g
Monounsaturated fat 1.8 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 186 mg 62%
Sodium 71 mg 2%
Potassium 69 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 0.4 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0.2 g
Protein 6 g 12%
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 10% Vitamin B-6 5%
Cobalamin 6% Magnesium 1%
The Power Of Eggs
Eggs provide several important nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, folate, Iron, Zinc and Choline. Eating eggs are considered to be good for your skin, teeth, bones and eyes.
Most of an eggs nutritional value is from the yolk so, all these people who say throw away the yolk and just eat egg whites are missing out on most of the nutrients an egg has to offer.
Also, half the protein is in the egg yolk so if you are on a high protein diet, you could be missing a trick here.
Vitamin Essentials Of Eggs
Vitamin A – this helps maintain healthy skin and eye tissue.
Vitamin D – Helps strengthen teeth and bones.
Vitamin E – An antioxidant which plays a role in preventing disease and helps with overall health.
Folate – Helps in the production of new cells and maintenance of existing cells. Also helps prevent a type of anemia, birth defects (if taken before pregnancy and throughout).
Iron – Helps carry oxygen to the cells and helps prevent anemia.
Zinc – is found in the cells throughout the body and helps the immune system fight of invading bacteria and infections.
Choline – An essential nutrient that plays a strong role in brain function and development.
A standard large egg has around 6 grams of protein and this coupled with all the other key nutrients within eggs helps keep the body going by providing enough energy.
They are really one of only very few foods which are a considered to be a complete protein as the contain all nine essential amino acids.
Protein is used for building and repairing body tissue and cells, growing stronger hair and nails, growing, repairing and maintaining muscles and fighting infections.
Omega-3 fats are a polyunsaturated fat (healthy fat) which is known to protect your heart health. They are essential for the bodies good health but, unfortunately the body doesn’t produce it naturally so, we get them from Omega-3 rich foods like eggs, nuts, salmon, oils etc.
So, How Many Carbs Do Eggs Have?
For a good guide on other low / minimal carb foods that can be eaten on a ketogenic diet, you might want to check this post out here.
Happy Keto’ing boys and girls!