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Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

Are White Eggs Better than Brown Eggs?

Are White Eggs Better than Brown Eggs?

Some people prefer white-shelled eggs. Other people say that brown-shelled eggs are more wholesome to eat. The truth is that the color of the shell has nothing to do with the food value or the flavor of the egg.

Some people say that brown eggs have a yolk that’s more richly colored than white eggs. The type of feed that chickens eat can vary, so the more corn they eat, the yellower the yolks.

So it’s not necessarily the color of the shell that predicts the intense color of the yolk. The quality of the egg depends on a variety of factors (such as the food eaten by the hens), but egg color is not one of them.

The coloring of the shell depends on the breed of the hen. Leghorn and Minorca hens, for example, always lay white-shelled eggs. Most other chickens lay brown-shelled eggs, but the Araucana hens of South America lay blue-shelled eggs.

White-feathered chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs and red-feathered ones with red ear lobes lay brown eggs (this may not apply to all breeds).

And besides that, there are certain chickens that even lay speckled eggs. But when you get down to the egg, nutritionally there is no difference.

Content for this question contributed by Daniel Arnold, resident of Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA