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Eggs and fat

Egg containing fat

Fats are an essential part of any diet. Around 9% of the egg content is fat. The fat of an egg is found almost entirely in the yolk; there is less than 0.5% in the albumen.

Most of an egg’s total fatty acid composition is monounsaturated (approximately 38%). About a further 16% is polyunsaturated and only 28% is saturated.

An average medium size egg contains 177mg cholesterol, about 12% less than eggs contained twenty years ago. Full information on eggs and cholesterol.

How much fat is in an egg?

Nutrition information Per small egg (48 grams) Per medium size egg (58 grams) Per large egg (68 grams) Per very large egg (78 grams) Per 100 grams
Fat (g) 3.7 4.6 5.4 6.2 9.0
Saturates (g) 1.0 1.3 1.5 1.7 2.5
Monounsaturates (g) 1.4 1.7 2.0 2.4 3.4
Polyunsaturates (g) 0.6 0.7 0.9 1.0 1.4

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All information checked by an independent Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian