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An Egg-normous Controversy

As consumers, we judge everything we purchase based on certain measures of looks, taste, scent, and size. Something even so simple as what type of eggs to purchase have consumers on a color craze. Still, the question remains: are brown eggs healthier than white eggs?

The way I see it, the discrepency and misconceptions about just how different the eggs are from one another can be depicted between two categories: nutrition and taste.

First and foremost, generally speaking white-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. In a sense, the color of egg shells are determined in a much similar way to the way human hair and eye color is a direct result of our genes. The color of the yolk and egg white inside the shell are identical for both brown and white eggs. Additionally, both brown and white eggs are both consist of approximately 70 calories, and seven grams of fat. Both types of eggs are rich in vitamin B and protein, the only difference come from a certain breed of chickens called Aracauna that produce eggs containing much more cholesterol than both brown and white chickens.

Secondly, because the color of the yolk and egg white show very little distinction between each other, the taste also tends to follow that same pattern of similarity. So why is the cost different? Although brown eggs tend to be priced higher than white eggs, that is not a direct reflection upon the quality of the eggs as much as it does reflect the breed of chicken it is produced from and the grade it is given. This difference in breeds, and how they are fed is eventually the translation into the raised prices consumers have to pay.

The bottom line is that the color of the actual egg only actually proves the difference in the breed of the chicken actually producing the eggs. In fact, nutritionally, both brown and white eggs are practically identical in their composition. Still the true dissimilarities lie in the differences between farming practices and most importantly, grade. However, these factors both vary distinctly within both egg colors; therefore, choosing the healthiest eggs is scientifically proven to not be a direct affect of the color.


One thought on “An Egg-normous Controversy

  1. mcgettigan says:

    I was reading the other day about the national differences in how, or if, eggs are refrigerated. It’s interesting to look at the nuances in these basic things that rarely get questioned by the average shopper. Great post!


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