Battle of the Eggs: The Humble Boiled Egg vs. The Fried Taste Blaster


Eggs are those delightful little oval things that can be fried, boiled, poached, and half fried and half boiled and what not. Sure enough they are healthy, but which variation is the one that us most nutritious. 

Loving eggs mean loving protein, because eggs are full of it, ask any budding body builder! Healthy people can in fact eat eggs daily without increasing any risk of a heart disease. Eggs are inexpensive in nature, and are great source of vitamin A, iron, and selenium, besides being rich in protein. The truth is that by boiling eggs you are actually avoiding an increase in the cholesterol levels; boiled eggs are bit lower in fat than the fried ones. The way you prepare the egg is indeed very important as it affects the egg’s calorie and fat content, and the amount of nutritional value that is retained. 

Difference in preparation 

A hard-boiled egg is prepared after you place a whole egg in water and make it boil for about 10 to 15 minutes; the time taken for it to boil is to ensure that the white and the yolk are firm. There are various ways to eat hard boiled eggs, could be eaten alone, or it can be used in an egg salad. 

Now the fried eggs are made by cracking a whole, uncooked egg into butter, bacon grease or just plain vegetable oil. Then the egg is cooked either by making it a scramble, or by flipping it to brown on both sides, or it can also be a half fried delicacy with the yolk half uncooked!

Calories and fat content 

A hard-boiled egg has 77 calories in it, and a fried one has round 90 calories. Talking about the fat content, a hard-boiled egg gives you 5 grams of fat, out of which there are 2 grams of saturated fat. A fried egg would give you 7 grams of fat, where again there are 2 grams of saturated fat. Then again by using saturated fat such as butter, bacon grease and so on can increase the saturated fat in content in your egg, which will lead to high cholesterol levels, and other such problems. 

Difference in the nutritional value 

Boiling and frying eggs would both provide you with 6 grams of protein, but a fried egg is definitely slightly higher in iron. Both these egg preparations would give you 2 to 3 percent of RDA for calcium and a 10 percent for phosphorus. These two are minerals that are very good for your bone health. Additionally you will also get 14 percent of riboflavin and 11 percent of vitamin B-12. These hard-boiled and fried eggs always contain 22 percent of the RDA for selenium. Selenium acts an as antioxidant. So all in all, you are getting a lot of minerals from either boiled or fried eggs.

The main concern of the two varieties is the cholesterol levels. Your egg contains 210 milligrams of cholesterol regardless of whether it is fried or boiled. This is why boiling eggs is safer than frying them; because the oil and grease used to fry the eggs can increase the cholesterol levels in your body.

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