How much protein is in egg white?

by Rodrigo Etcheto 2 min read

How much protein is in egg white?

How much protein is in egg white?

Egg white is naturally around 93% protein on a dry basis, with no fat or lactose. This is an average of course. As with any biological process, it's not exact and there are a lot of things that influence what's in a particular egg.

Natural variability

The nutritional values we use are averages based on years of testing. There is a lot of natural variability in eggs, even from individual hen to hen. The age, breed, season and diet of a hen affect the nutritional properties of the eggs they lay.

Egg white is made of four layers: the outer thin white, thick white, inner thin white and chalaziferous layers. The relative proportions of each of these layers vary in different breeds and individuals, and are also influenced by the age, season and diet of the hen.

The protein in an egg white is actually made of many different types of proteins. Many of the proteins in egg white have yet to be identified, the majority however are:

  • Ovalbumin: 54%
  • Ovotransferrin: 12%
  • Ovomucoid: 11%
  • Ovomucin: 3.5%
  • Lysozyme: 3.5%

These proteins all denature starting at 141F - 185F, which is why it's so important to dry them at low temperatures.

Amino acids

Essential amino acids

Here's the typical amino acid profile for egg white protein, per 100g:

  • Histidine: 2.03g
  • Isoleucine: 4.62g
  • Leucine: 7.50g
  • Total Lysine: 6.26g
  • Methionine: 3.20g
  • Phenylalanine: 5.37g
  • Threonine: 4.00g
  • Tryptophan: 1.38g
  • Valine: 6.44g
Non-essential amino acids
  • Alanine: 5.31g
  • Arginine: 5.04g
  • Aspartic Acid/Asparagine: 9.35g
  • Cysteine: 2.21g
  • Glutamic Acid/Glutamine: 11.75g
  • Glycine: 3.17g
  • Proline: 3.25g
  • Serine: 6.16g

Egg white is a complicated biological substance. There's a lot in it and there's a lot that can go wrong if the raw materials aren't good. That's why we make our egg white protein from farms that use only vegetarian feed and absolutely no antibiotics or hormones

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