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Brown eggs vs White eggs so which is better

Eggs come in a variety of different shades as well as colours. Some appear a brilliant white; others have a creamy shell, some are beige or brown in colour. So there is a bit of confusion which leaves people questioning, Are Brown Eggs Better? So we'd like to set the record straight on Brown eggs vs White eggs.

Are brown eggs better?

The short answer is no.  The reason for the colour is the laying hen from which the egg comes. Chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs. Yes, that is not a typing error. There is a correlation between the colour of the chicken earlobe and the eggshell colour it produced. Chickens with brown or red earlobes lay brown eggs. So in respect to Brown eggs vs White eggs, the shells are determined by the hen and have nothing to do with quality or health benefit.

There is no linkage between the shell colour and the nutritional content. So don't judge a book by its cover. Brown and White eggs are the same. 

brown eggs vs white eggs


Why do brown eggs cost more?

Brown eggs generally come from larger chicken breeds. Large chickens cost more to feed and keep. For this reason, brown eggs require more to produce. 

Do brown eggs taste better?

Generally, taste comes back to the feed which the chicken is eating. To get the most flavour from eggs, coop or pen chickens should eat:

  • An excellent nutritional pellet mix (not scratch seed mix)
  • A variety of healthy scrap treats one or two days a week. Only small amounts they can consume within 15 minutes.
  • Additional protein snacks such as all natural dried mealworms

Are brown eggs healthier for you?

White eggs and brown eggs are pretty much on par with each other nutritionally. 

Does a brown egg mean it is organic?

No. Organic is related to the feed of the chicken and has nothing to do with the colour of the eggshell. To be labelled organic you can trust the feed has been mostly grown without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and also fertilisers. Especially in so far as eggs are concerned, the fewer chemicals in the feed, the less we consume in the egg. 

Are brown eggs better for baking?

This comes down to personal preference. Some people insist they may taste better when compared to white eggs. It would be fascinating to do blind testing on a large number of people to see if anyone could tell them apart. 

Regardless of what egg you choose for your cooking or baking, they are packed full of goodness. The old 1960's myth of being full of bad cholesterol was disproved decades ago. Eggs are a healthy, low fat, nutritious additional to so many things. 

Brown eggs vs White eggs - the choice is really up to you. 


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