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Brown Eggs and White Eggs How to Choose


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Have you ever looked at the eggs in the grocery store and wondered why the Brown Eggs and  White Eggs are priced different? Well, I have done this many times and had always heard that Brown Eggs were healthier for you. This information is not correct. I guess most people just naturally think they are getting something better if they pay a higher price? The Brown Eggs are almost always priced higher than the White Eggs. There is a reason!

To start with the major difference is, a Brown Egg is Brown and a White Egg is White! That is the major difference.

Brown eggs are often advertised as a healthier alternative to white eggs. You might be surprised to learn that nutritionally, both brown and white eggs are almost identical in nutrition. The only differences comes from the color and breed of the chickens laying the eggs. Choosing a healthy egg should not be based on color.

Chicken Color plays a role!

The color of an egg is so simple and many don’t know but white-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. Basically, brown eggs come from brown hens and white eggs come from white hens. The color of the yoke inside the shell and the egg white is the same for both brown eggs and white eggs.

The answer is so simple that you may be surprised. White-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs (this may not apply to all breeds). And besides that, there are certain chickens that even lay speckled eggs and blue eggs. But when you get down to the egg, nutritionally there is no difference — it’s all just in the looks.

Nutrition brown eggs and white eggs!

As stated above the nutritional value of brown and white eggs are basically identical. Both brown eggs and white eggs contain the same amount of calories per medium sized egg. Both brown and white eggs contain the same amount of cholesterol and protein. Both white eggs and brown eggs are rich in B vitamins and minerals. The only real difference is from eggs that come from Aracauna chickens, which are a blueish color and they contain more cholesterol than brown and white eggs. These are more nutritional than the brown eggs and white eggs.

Simply put, brown eggs are more expensive than white eggs. The higher price for brown eggs does not reflect a better quality egg. The higher price reflects that there are specific breeds of brown hens being higher maintenance than white hens. This occurs because brown hens are larger than white hens and require more food, meaning more cost to the farmer to raise and therefore more cost to the consumer Among the breeds that lay brown eggs are the Rhode Island Red , the New Hampshire and the Plymouth Rock–all larger birds that require more food.

Consider Feeding  Practices!

Another important quality to examine in eggs is how the hens were fed and kept. The healthiest eggs come from vegetarian fed hens. Hens that are fed a flax seed diet produce eggs with a higher omega-3 fatty acid content. Flax cost more to feed so the cost is passed on to the consumer. I feel It is also important to buy eggs that are free of antibiotics and growth hormones. If you can find organic eggs I recommend them as you know where they come from.

Some people say that brown eggs have a yolk that’s more vibrantly colored than white eggs. Good corn fed Chickens produce eggs with more yellowish yolks.

Consider your neighbors!

I ask my neighbor if her hens laid colored eggs and she said yes, her husband said no! Hmm, She said her hens will lay brown eggs and that is a color. Her husband said no because he did not feel this qualified as a colored egg like the Easter Hens lay! Who is right?

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