Nutrition for Egg Yolk (raw)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Egg Yolk Nutrition Summary

One raw egg yolk (17 grams or 0.6 oz) contains 55 calories and 2.7 grams of protein. Egg yolk consist of 52% water, 4% carbohydrates, 16% protein, and 27% fat.

Egg yolk is an excellent source of many nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D and calcium. It also contains significant amounts of folate, Vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus and choline.

In one raw egg yolk:

  • Calories: 55
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 4.5 g, (Saturated: 1.6 g)
  • Cholesterol: 184.5 mg
  • Sodium: 8.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of dietary fiber in egg yolk.

See the Egg Yolk Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Egg, yolk, raw, fresh.

Calories in Egg Yolk

Egg yolk has 55 calories per egg yolk or 324 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat and protein.

75% of calories in egg yolk are from fat, 20% of calories are from protein and 5% of calories are from carbohydrates.

Calories from Carbs

A small portion, or 5% the calories in raw egg yolk are from carbohydrates. The carbs in egg yolk are mostly in the form of sugar (100%).

  • Sugar: 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of dietary fiber or starch in egg yolk.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 75% of the calories in raw Egg Yolk are from fat. Egg yolk is high in total fat, with 4.5 grams or 7% of recommended daily values per egg yolk. Most of the fat in egg yolk are healthier unsaturated fats.

Egg yolk contains 184.5 mg of cholesterol and no trans-fat.

  • Total fat: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 184.5 mg
  • Saturated fat: 1.6 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7 g
There is no significant amounts of trans fat in egg yolk.

Omega-6 in Egg Yolk

A good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every egg yolk of egg yolk contains a total of 0.7 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in egg yolk comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.6 g
  • other omega 6: 0.07 g

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Protein in Egg Yolk

An excellent source of protein, a single egg yolk contains 5% of recommended daily values or 2.7 grams of protein. In addition, egg yolk is also a source of complete protein, meaning it abundantly contains all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.03 g
  • Threonine: 0.12 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.15 g
  • Leucine: 0.24 g
  • Lysine: 0.21 g
  • Methionine: 0.06 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.12 g
  • Valine: 0.16 g
  • Histidine: 0.07 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Egg Yolk

An good source of nutrients, raw egg yolk contains abundant amounts of Vitamin A and calcium. In fact, a single egg yolk contains 9% of recommended daily values or 64.8 ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamins in egg yolk (1 large):
  • Vitamin a: 64.8 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.4 mg
  • Folate: 24.8 ug
  • Vitamin b12: 0.3 ug
  • Vitamin k: 0.1 ug
Minerals in egg yolk (1 large):
  • Calcium: 21.9 mg
  • Potassium: 18.5 mg
  • Iron: 0.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 0.9 mg
  • Zinc: 0.4 mg
  • Selenium: 9.5 ug
  • Phosphorus: 66.3 mg
  • Copper: < 0.1 mg
  • Manganese: < 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 139.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of niacin, pantothenic acid or vitamin c in egg yolk.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Egg Yolk [3]

Egg yolk contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin. In one egg yolk:

  • beta-carotene: 15 ug
  • alpha-carotene: 6 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 186 ug

Egg Yolk Nutrition Chart

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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Egg Yolk in Cooking

Egg yolk is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two egg yolks.

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