Egg Nutrition Center Blog

Introducing FUN FACT FRIDAYS! A large, whole egg measures about three tablespoons

Recently, all of us eggheads over at ENC decided to create special weekly blog entries that provide a fun fact about egg nutrition. And so, Fun Fact Fridays was hatched! We hope you learn new things about the incredible nutritional value of eggs and return each week for a new fact!

Did you know a large, whole egg measures about three tablespoons? It’s true!  The egg white makes up two tablespoons of liquid, while the yolk is one tablespoon. Don’t be fooled, though, the yolk is the true powerhouse of the egg as it contains the most nutrients. In fact, egg yolks contain seven vitamins – B6, folate, B-12, A, D, E and K. When it comes to minerals, the yolk also contains the majority of most found in eggs. For example, 93 percent of an egg’s iron is in the yolk, while a mere seven percent is in the egg white. Egg yolks also contain vital nutrients like carotenoids for eye health and choline, a little-known but essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects.

So, the next time you eat an egg, don’t skip the yolk!

Author: Anna Shlachter MS, RDN, LDN