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Are Brown Eggs Really Better Than White Eggs?

L Sarhan is a former server and worked in restaurants for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing recipes and food knowledge.

Carton of brown and white eggs

Carton of brown and white eggs

Brown Eggs vs. White Eggs

As we stand there in the egg section of our grocer or market, we are inundated with dozens of choices. The thought of the latest news bulletin or article about eggs and our health has us questioning everything these days. With the mounting health concerns across the globe, many researchers, doctors, and health gurus look toward the diet we consume in the 21st century. Eggs are good. Eggs are bad. Then, they are good again. Nope, they are definitely bad. Well, maybe it is just the yoke, but the egg whites are alright. Scratch that—eggs don't have as much bad cholesterol as once thought, so they are good again. Wait ... only the brown eggs are the good eggs. Hold up ... it is the brown eggs that are organic, cage-free, non-GMO that are fine to eat.

Most of the information we get is grossly eggs-aggerated. So, are brown eggs better than white eggs? Does it really matter in the first place?

It's What's on the Inside That Counts

Many people often wonder why there are different colored eggs to begin with. First off, it depends on the breed of chicken. Generally speaking, hens with white feathers and white ear lobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered ones with red earlobes tend to lay brown eggs. However, before you get your feathers in a ruffle, there are always a few breed exceptions to this rule. In fact, some chicken breeds lay speckled eggs or even blue eggs!

Nonetheless, don't judge an egg by its shell. It is what is on the inside that counts, not the shell. All chicken eggs are the same on the inside, except brown eggs may or may not have a darker egg yolk, depending on the hen's diet. Marketing tactics would like consumers to believe that the more expensive brown eggs are much better for your health, but they have the same health benefits as their white-shelled counterparts.

Do Brown Eggs Have More Nutrients Than White Eggs?

Short answer: No, but they don't have any less.

White eggs have just about as many nutrients as brown eggs. Both have around 70 calories per egg and about 6 grams of protein for each large egg, whether they are brown or white. All chicken eggs carry the same amount of B vitamins, despite their exterior difference.

But Why Do Brown Eggs Cost More?

Short answer: Production cost.

Because brown eggs come from different breeds than their white-shelled counterparts, sometimes the care and production of the hens are more expensive. Breeds that lay brown eggs tend to be larger, thus needing more room and other amenities, which can be more expensive than the smaller chicken breeds producing white eggs.

Poultry farmers and marketing firms need to offset production costs, so they let consumers simply think that brown eggs are more nutritious due to the higher price. They play on the "you get what you pay for" mentality of most consumers.

This is not meant to shy you away from purchasing brown eggs. It is just smarter to cut through the marketing tactics and understand exactly what you are paying for. So, if you prefer brown eggs, then go ahead and eat brown eggs. However, if you want to save money or have budget constraints, rest assured knowing that you are not short-changing your health or your family's health by having to go with white eggs.

© 2018 Linda Sarhan