- A cup of eggnog has a big dose of vitamins and minerals- We’re talking over 400 milligrams of potassium, about a third of your daily needs of calcium, some vitamin B12, B2, vitamin A, and iron, according to dietitian and nutritionistGinger Hultin. The nutritional boost is from the eggs and dairy products, so if you’re sipping a non-dairy version, you might not get the same benefits.
- The egg is a source of protein- One glass of eggnog isn’t enough to provide your daily protein needs of about 50 grams, but it does contain between 10 and 12 grams of protein.
- The spices can be anti-inflammatory- Eggnog commonly contains nutmeg, which has anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Downing a glass of it isn’t the same as popping an Advil, but it’s something.
- And now for the downside- Any health benefits in eggnog are undone by the alcohol, according to registered dietitianLiz Weinandy. Of course, you can enjoy it booze-free, but where’s the fun in that?