Today I want to tackle a question that seems to get looked up a lot online… How Much Protein is there in an Egg?
Anyone who has looked into the nutrition of staying healthy or losing weight will see countless articles telling them to increase their intake of eggs as they are a great source of protein. But just how much protein?
How much protein in a single egg?
On average an egg contains somewhere between 6-8 grams of protein.
As eggs come in a variety of sizes, it is helpful to use the guide below to assess just how much protein is in your egg:
- Small egg (38 grams): 5 grams of protein
- Medium egg (44 grams): 5.5 grams of protein
- Large egg (50 grams): 6.5 grams of protein
- Extra-large egg (56 grams): 7.5 grams of protein
- Jumbo egg (63 grams): 8 grams of protein
How much protein do you need per day?
So, now you know how much protein is in an egg, how much protein should you be eating per day?
It varies a lot by gender and your level of activity, but if we assume you are fairly sedentary during the day then your protein intake will be something like:
- Male: 56 grams
- Female: 46 grams
As you can see, a single large egg is a good chunk of your daily protein requirements. If you are a lot more active then you will need to increase the amount of protein you consume to match your level of activity.
Finally, don’t split out your eggs whites and the yolk. Many people falsely believe that the egg whites contain the protein but this is not true… The egg whites do contain slightly more protein than the yolk but around 40% of the protein in an egg is in the yolk.
Now you know how much protein is in an egg and how much protein you should be adding to your daily diet. If you are not getting enough then adding eggs is a great healthy way to boost protein consumption.