Eggs are very versatile, and most people find them very delicious on their own. Caution has been urged when consuming eggs because they contain a high amount of cholesterol. So, in this article, I will cover how many eggs a person should eat, and how many should be included in dishes for each person.
On average, 1 egg per day per person is considered the maximum according to medical professionals. A large comprehensive long-term study of men and women found that 1 egg or less per day is perfectly healthy.
Many different recipes use eggs such as scrambled and an omelet. Below, I will explain how many should be used in recipes for each person, how many you should use in scrambled eggs, and if eggs will make you put on weight.
How Many Eggs per Person for Scrambled Eggs or an Omelet
While it’s not recommended to consume more than 1 egg per day on a consistent basis, eating a few every once and a while is OK. 1 egg for an omelet or scrambled typically is not enough for one person.
As a general rule, 2 eggs per person for scrambled will cover one piece of toast. Whereas, 2 to 3 eggs per person will make a big enough omelet to make most people full, especially with other ingredients like tomatoes, capsicum, cheese, and toast.
The exact amount does vary from person to person and depends on what other ingredients you’re having with it. To get an idea of what most people think is the right amount, I compiled some data based on what my loved ones said is the right amount for an omelet.
Here’s a table that shows the results:
|How many eggs do you use for an omelet||Votes|
Here’s another table that shows how many votes were received for each option as a percentage:
|How many eggs do you use for an omelet||Percentage|
From the table, you can see that the vast majority of people said that 2 is about right for 1 person in an omelet. And 3 is also quite popular. About 1 in 3 people prefer a 3-egg omelet.
However, 1 and 4 are considerably less popular. Therefore, chances are 2 eggs are the best for you for an omelet. But, maybe 3 depending on how big of an appetite you have, how hungry you are, and how what extras you have in your omelet.
Extras such as tomatoes and cheese make you more full
Bear in mind that we might not eat the eggs on their own. Most of the time we’ll add some other bits: salad, veggies, meat, sauces… For example, cheese is very high in calories and protein so is very filling. This data that shows how many eggs most people prefer can also be extended to be true for scrambled as well.
Here’s an example of a Christmas Morning Breakfast Wreath.
The reason is, that eggs are eggs, and if most people prefer 2 to 3 for an omelet, it’s safe to say that 2 to 3 for scrambled is a good amount.
At the end of the day scrambled is not very different from an omelet. And it’s only the consistency of the eggs that is different. Cheese and other sides like tomatoes also go particularly well with scrambled.
How Many Scrambled Eggs Should You Eat for Breakfast
Eggs for breakfast are very popular, and scrambled eggs are a great option. They are small enough that typically one is not enough, however, they are also high in cholesterol so it’s important to not eat too many (source). So, here’s a rundown of how many scrambled you should eat for breakfast.
As a general rule, 2 to 3 is best for scrambled for breakfast. It has been found that most people find 2 to 3 to satiate their hunger. But, if you have a strong appetite you should consume more. But, medical professionals recommend 1 per day if you eat them every day.
If you have a small appetite in the morning then 1 or half an egg can be a better option. Also, children have a smaller appetite than adults. However, if you’re particularly hungry in the morning, or prefer to have a very filling breakfast then you can eat more eggs. The main thing is not to do so every day.
Here’s Gordon Ramsey making breakfast and using two of them:
How Many calories is an egg?
Here’s a table with different ways to cook them and their approximate calorie counts per unit (large):
|Cooking Method||Calories per Large Egg|
|Boiled (hard-boiled)||~78 calories|
|Boiled (soft-boiled)||~68 calories|
|Scrambled (with butter)||~102 calories|
|Scrambled (with oil)||~93 calories|
|Fried (in butter)||~90 calories|
|Fried (in oil)||~78 calories|
|Omelette (with cheese)||~154 calories|
|Omelette (with vegetables)||~94 calories|
|Egg White Omelette (with vegetables)||~51 calories|
Please note that these calorie counts are approximate and can vary based on factors like the size of the egg and the amount of added ingredients (e.g., butter, oil, cheese) used in cooking. Always refer to specific product labels or consult a nutritionist for precise calorie information, especially if you are on a strict dietary regimen.
Will You Gain Weight if You Eat 2 Eggs a Day
Putting on weight is controlled by how many calories you eat, and how many calories you burn. Eggs are reasonably filling which indicates they are reasonably high in calories. But, here’s the long and short of whether you will gain weight if you eat 2 per day.
Overall, you will not gain weight if you eat 2 per day. However, medical professionals recommend not eating more than 1 per day every day because they are high in cholesterol. 2 eggs contain 5% to 6% of the recommended daily intake of calories per day.
Therefore, it’s unlikely that 2 eggs a day will make you gain weight but does depend on the rest of your diet. Foods that contain the most calories are foods high in sugar such as candy, and cakes. They contain 4 times the calories as eggs.
For example, if you eat one egg that weighs about 1.7 oz (50g), you will consume approximately 70 kilocalories (290 kJ). If you instead eat a chocolate bar such as a snickers bar that weighs about 1.7 oz (50g), you will consume nearly 4 times the calories.
This has a much bigger effect on the total calories you eat in a day, and it’s much more likely you will go over the recommended daily intake for the day. Doing so causes many people’s bodies to store it as fat, which leads to weight gain.