If you’ve ever been told that brown eggs are taste better or are healthier for you than white eggs, it turns out that’s actually a myth.
Laura Bauermeister, a research associate in the department of poultry science at Auburn University, says if you look beyond the colour of the shell, there’s no difference in quality.
The only reason you pay more for brown eggs is because the chicken that lays the brown egg is bigger than the chicken that lays the white egg.
“The hens that lay the brown eggs are a larger chicken. They eat more so it costs more to feed them. That means the egg is going to cost more.”
The different breeds of chicken also affect the colour of the shell. White-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, while brown and red- feathered chicken with red earlobes lay brown eggs. There are also chickens that lay blue eggs and others that lay green eggs.
Bauermeister says you can influence the taste and the colour of the egg yolk by what you’re feeding the hen.
“If you enrich the hen’s diet with omega 3 they are going to deposit more of that nutrient into the egg yolk.”
When it comes to a recommendation, Bauermeister says she wouldn’t choose a brown egg over a white egg because there really is no difference.
“If you took some free range, some organic and some conventional chickens and have them all fed the same diet again you’re going to have the same nutritional value in those eggs.”
Even though white eggs are both cheaper to produce and to purchase, you’ll continue to see brown eggs in supermarkets because it’s unlikely that people will give up the myth that brown eggs are better.
Next time you go grocery shopping, remember there’s really no right or wrong kind of egg to buy.
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