Chickens tend to produce eggs in one of two colors, white and brown. What’s the Difference Between White and Brown Eggs?
Is there any nutritional difference between them? Are Brown Eggs Healthier Than White Eggs? What accounts for the difference in shell color in the first place? White and brown eggs certainly look different, and there’s often a difference in price between the two, but do you know why? Here are your answers!
What’s the difference?
White eggs are laid by white-feathered chickens with white or light coloured earlobes while the brown ones are laid by brown-feathered chickens with red earlobes.
Are Brown Eggs Better than White Eggs?
The color of an egg is not an indicator of quality. Brown and white eggs taste different! Yes, they do. But that has nothing to do with quality or nutritional profile of the egg but more with the diet of the chicken that laid it. The chickens are fed a different kind of diet which impacts the quality and taste of the egg. Despite the fact that they’re often more expensive, brown eggs aren’t any better for you than white eggs, and vice versa.
These days brown eggs are associated with being organic, which might make them seem a healthier choice. But, if the chicken was fed regular food, then the eggs wouldn’t be organic.”
What accounts for the difference in shell colors?
Egg shells get their color due to the breed of chicken they come from. For example, breeders have found that many white-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. While earlobe color can be a predictor of egg color, it is not rule. For example, one breed of red-earlobed chickens — the Aracuana breed — often lays blue eggs, but may also lay eggs that are green, pink, or even lavender, according to nonprofit organization Aviculture Europe.
Why Do Brown Eggs Have a Harder Shell?
Some people believe that there is a slight difference between the shell of brown and white eggs but there really isn’t. White eggs have the same shell thickness as brown eggs. Eggshell toughness can be dependent on the age of the chicken. The only thing is that younger hens lay eggs with harder shells. But this applies to both white and brown chickens.
Why brown eggs are expensive?
Because brown eggs tend to cost more, people assume they are more nutritious and more delicious. But that is not the case. Brown eggs are more expensive because of the size of the hen that lays them. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens. Because larger chickens require more food and land to remain healthy throughout production. Higher production costs lead to more expensive products in the end.
Nutritional Value Of Eggs:
As per United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), a 100-gram serving of egg has 12.56 grams of proteins, which is why nutritionists consider it as a good, inexpensive source of protein that diabetics can have in their diet.
One large egg (50 grams) has about 72 calories and 4.75 grams of fat, only 1.5 grams of which is saturated fat, as per the USDA. Eggs are versatile and can be prepared in different ways to suit your palate. You can make an already-healthy food even more healthy by mixing in tomatoes, onions, and other veggies.
What do you usually buy — white eggs or brown eggs?