Is Eggnog Healthy for You?

Makayla Parker, Health Editor

Eggnog is a common, traditional drink that people enjoy during winter. Here is a question we never really think of; Is eggnog healthy for you?

This author has done some research on what type of ingredients are in eggnog, and here is what they have found:

  • 4 eggs yolks
  • ⅓ cup of sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pint of whole milk
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites

It is quite obvious that there is heavy cream and milk in the eggnog, because that’s really what you taste more of, but who knew there was so many calories in eggnog?

In each 8 oz. cup of eggnog, you’re consuming approximately 223 calories; by comparison, a 12oz. can of soda is about 160 calories.  However, eggnog is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and D, none of which are typically found in soda.

There is a way to lower those calories though. You can make your own homemade, more healthy eggnog!

This author has found a recipe in making your own healthy eggnog, here it is:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 5 ½ cups of low fat milk
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • Some salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

If you would like to make it your own way, that’s fine too. These are just ideas.

Although, it is high in calories, many families use it as a traditional beverage for the holidays, this author recommends to watch out for how much eggnog you drink, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying it.

Overall, eggnog is not that healthy for you. Although, as you can see from the recipe above, there is a way to lower the calories. Students here at IRHS will want to skip the traditional addition of alcohol, of course.

Also, the amount of calories that is in the eggnog, depends on which company you buy it from, or what type of ingredients you use to make your own eggnog. Check these for a more precise calorie count.