Are Brown Eggs Better Than White Eggs?

Updated on December 21, 2019
LindaSarhan profile image

Linda Sarhan has been a freelance writer and researcher for 20+ years. She believes in keeping her living space clean and healthy.

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., 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-agerated. So, are brown eggs better than white eggs or 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 understand what you are paying exactly what you 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 assure knowing that you are not short-changing the health of you or your family's diet by having to go with white eggs.

© 2018 L Sarhan


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      17 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      You are right, it's the nutrients it contains and not the color of the egg which determines which egg is better. Also, brown egg layers have lower egg production as compared to white egg layers as the former are heavier. This is also one of the reasons for the higher pricing of brown eggs besides the ones you mentioned.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      For a while, my eggs have been laid in my yard by local hens. They're brown and small, and do taste richer. However, I believe you that the nutrients are the same as in white eggs. Thanks for the explanations.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)