Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals, giving you a nutritious jump-start first thing in the morning. But they’re also high in components that can be damaging to your heart if you eat them regularly. Before ordering your eggs over easy consider having them fully cooked. Over-easy eggs could potentially expose you to salmonella, leaving you with severe intestinal distress for several days.
Calories and Macronutrients
Two over-easy eggs provide about 180 calories. You’ll get around 12.5 grams of protein, amounting to 50 calories from protein. But the majority of the calories come from fat. Those two fried eggs contain more than 13.5 grams of fat, or almost 125 calories from fat. Just a small amount of calories -- fewer than 5 calories -- come from the nearly 1 gram of carbohydrates.
Two over-easy cooked eggs have almost 370 milligrams of cholesterol. That’s more than the 300 milligrams you’re allotted for the day, as recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. Too much cholesterol in your diet increases your risk of heart disease, even more so when you have lots of saturated fat. Ensure that no more than 10 percent of your caloric intake comes from saturated fat, or a maximum of 22 grams for a 2,000-calorie diet. Two over-easy eggs have nearly 20 percent of that limit, giving you almost 4 grams.
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Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.