CURIOUS DORA – White Eggs vs Brown Eggs. What’s the Difference Between White and Brown Eggs?

We usually buy white eggs because they are cheaper than brown eggs. However, we recently bought brown eggs because they were cheaper (with a coupon). This got me to wondering-what is the difference between a brown egg and a white egg?

I originally suspected nothing is different, except for the coloring of the egg, of course. And it turns out I was right. There is no difference. However, I read on another web page the brown eggs are more nutritious than white eggs. Or brown eggs are for baking where white eggs are for eating. Some said that chickens that are caged produced white eggs whereas free-range chickens produced brown eggs. Others said it was genetics that determined the color of the egg. Arrgh! I think writing about “why did the chicken cross the road” would have been an easier topic!

With that said, for better or worse, here’s my article…

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Where Do Brown and White Eggs Come From?

Brown and white eggs come from different breeds of chickens

The color of an eggshell is determined by the breed of chicken that laid it. Brown eggs are typically laid by heritage chickens, while white eggs are usually laid by commercial hens.

What Is the Difference in Taste Between Brown and White Eggs?

The taste difference between brown and white eggs is due to a variety of factors, including the chicken breed, the type of feed, freshness, and more. The difference in taste between backyard eggs and factory-farmed eggs is largely attributed to the freshness of the egg. Factory-farmed eggs tend to be older by the time they reach store shelves. The color of shells does not contribute to the flavor in eggs.

The unique preference for the color of egg shells is not just a regional thing, but a demographic one. The numbers are clear: New Englanders like brown eggs more than white ones, whereas most Americans prefer white eggs and all regions except for New England are in agreement about this.

There are several reasons why this might be the case. Brown eggs typically come from older hens, and as hens age they tend to lay eggs with thicker shells. This is likely because their calcium levels decline as they get closer to the end of their laying cycle. Thick-shelled eggs are less prone to breaking, so farmers who sell brown eggs may have an advantage over those who sell white ones.

Another possibility is that people simply associate brown with natural or rustic things, while white seems more artificial or processed. Whatever the reason may be, it’s clear that there is a difference in taste between these two types of eggs-at least among American consumers.

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How Do Brown and White Eggs Differ in Terms of Nutritional Value?

There is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. The color of an eggshell is determined by the breed of hen that lays it and has no bearing on the nutritional value of the egg itself. However, a hen’s diet can affect the nutrition of an egg. For example, selenium levels in a chicken’s diet will affect the selenium levels in its eggs. Additionally, the USDA provides an average serving size of eggs, which is 12 per 100 grams. Eggs are also a good source of protein and contain 5 grams of saturated fat per 100 grams.

Although eggs are an inexpensive protein source, they do have some calories. A large egg has about 185 kcal, 9 g of fat and 6 g of protein.

Eggs can be prepared in many different ways to suit your palate – boiled, scrambled, fried, or omelet for example. The nutritional difference between brown and white eggs is negligible – both types contain approximately the same amount of cholesterol (about 213 mg), vitamin A, B12 and D. However a hen’s diet can affect the quality of eggs she produces. For instance, a diet low in protein will result in eggs that have less protein (about 5-6 grams per egg).

The data given is for a medium-sized brown egg, with 80 mcg of vitamin A. An average sized chicken lays an egg that is 1/7th the size of her own egg. So a large chicken laying a jumbo egg would produce one that weighs almost 10 ounces and contains over 700 kcal! Eggs are typically 7 grams in weight (a pound is 454g) but there can be quite a bit of variation depending on the breed of chicken and how heavy her ovaries are at any given time. Brown eggs typically contain more vitamins and minerals than white eggs, but the difference is not significant.

Are There Benefits to Eating One Type of Egg Over Another?

There are a variety of opinions on this topic, but the general consensus is that there is no significant nutritional difference between white and brown eggs. However, people tend to have a preference for one type of egg or another. Some people believe that brown eggs taste better, while others think that they are more nutritious. In reality, the nutritional value of both types of eggs is the same.

Why Do Brown Eggs Cost More than White Eggs?

There are a few reasons why brown eggs cost more than white eggs. First, brown eggs are typically more expensive to produce because the chickens that lay them eat more food. Second, brown eggs produce bigger chickens, which some people believe yields better-tasting eggs. Finally, many consumers believe that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs.

Final Thoughts

  1. Buy locally if you can-eggs that come from local farmers are typically fresher and have a higher nutritional value than those that come from large commercial hatcheries.
  2. Brown and white eggs are not necessarily unhealthy-a large amount of cholesterol on the eggshell is a sign that the egg was recently laid, but it is not indicative of high cholesterol levels in the egg itself. Like most foods, eggs can only be healthy when they’re used in moderation with other foods (such as vegetables) and a diet that’s low in saturated fat.
  3. There are many ways to incorporate more eggs into your diet – they make a great breakfast food, but they can also be used in dishes like meatloaf, baked goods, quiche, etc.

Happy Trails,

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