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Brown Eggs Vs. White Eggs

Bhakti Satalkar Apr 17, 2019
Let's get to know the difference between white and brown eggs.
Some people say that brown eggs are a healthier option than white eggs. Therefore, a common man is not able to decide, whether he should continue eating white eggs or should he shift over to brown eggs. Here's the difference between white and brown eggs.

White Eggs Vs. Brown Eggs

The basic difference between brown and white eggs is the color, as we all know. Let's see what are the other differences between these two with certain points as a basis for differentiation.


The pigmented shell color of brown eggs comes from a substance known as 'protoporphyin'. This substance itself is derived from hemoglobin. No special procedure is carried out for the pigmented color, it is naturally formed when an egg is laid.

Nutritional Value

Although brown eggs are more appealing than white ones, there is no difference in the nutritional value of both these varieties of eggs. Brown eggs contain approximately the same amount of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals as white eggs.
According to the Egg Nutrition Center, eggs' nutritional value depends on the type of feed given to the hens. If the hens are given certified organic feed, the eggs produced are free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Flax seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and if it's the staple diet of hens, the eggs layed by them are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

Breeds of Chicken

The difference lies in the chicken breeds, who produce these eggs. Brown colored eggs are produced by large red feathered hens, who have red earlobes. On the other hand white colored eggs are produced by white feathered hens with white earlobes.
The breed of hens which produce brown eggs are the Plymouth Rock, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Red, etc. The White Leghorn variety of hen lays white eggs. These days often it is seen that there are pastel colored eggs, which are also available in the market and are very popular during the Easter season.


Many people who have tasted both brown as well as white eggs opine that there no difference in the way both these taste. However, there are some people who claim that brown eggs are tastier than white eggs. The difference in the taste is subtle, hence people are not able to make out the difference.
There is a possibility that brown eggs taste a little better, as these hens are reared in the open. They are therefore, free to eat bugs and insects, from which they derive their proteins. Higher the amount of proteins, yellower the yolk


Brown eggs are costlier than their white counterparts. This is because hens laying brown eggs are bigger than the hens laying white eggs. Therefore, more food and resources are required to maintain these hens.
Brown eggs became popular, due to some chefs, who opine that they tasted better than white eggs. Commercial producers got a hint from there and started rearing poultry that consisted chiefly of brown eggs producing chickens.
After reading about all the arguments in brown eggs vs. white eggs it's clear that there is no noteworthy difference between these two types of eggs. Therefore, white eggs are just as healthy as brown eggs and also an excellent supply of proteins.