It seems like there’s a difference between brown eggs and white ones. One might be marketed as “organic” or “cage-free”, or as being more nutritious than the other. But what is the truth, and which is healthier?
They are actually very similar. Brown eggs don’t come from brown chickens. In fact, the color of the chicken does not determine the color of the eggs. It’s the earlobes that do! Brown eggs come from chicken with red earlobes, while white eggs come from chickens with white earlobes! Now you know!
But aside from color, how are they different?
Surprise, the two eggs are actually the same! Inside, they have the same nutritional value. The only way for the quality of an egg to increase or decrease is if the hen was raised with a nutritionally fortified diet.
The color of the yolk doesn’t determine the nutritional value of the egg either. It’s only an indicator of the carotenoid intake of the hen that laid the egg. Carotenoids are color pigments that give the eggs their golden color.
Hen feed (regardless of their faming method) can be enhanced with carotenoids or not, and it won’t impact the egg’s overall nutritional value. More carotenoids in the diet will make the yolk a darker golden color, but don’t be alarmed if you’re not used to it.
At the end of the day, all eggs are nutritious regardless of the color of the chicken or the egg. If you get confused by the buzzwords on the packaging like “Omega-3 enriched” or “Fortified” or whatnot, just check the Nutritional Facts label on the carton. Facts are facts!