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Brown Eggs Vs. White Eggs

Brown Eggs Vs. White Eggs: Is There Really a Difference?

After I saw there were some recipes, which recommended brown eggs, I was drawn to the brown eggs vs. white eggs debate. Now that I have jumped into the debate, let's get to know the difference between white and brown eggs.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
There are some people, who 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. I am sure like me, you too are drawn to the controversy between brown and white eggs. Here I have tried to explain 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.
  • Color: 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 their white counterpart, 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, the nutritional value of the eggs 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 essential fatty acids. If flax seed is the staple diet of hens, the eggs produced by these hens are rich in omega 3 essential 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. These pastel colored eggs are very popular during the Easter season.
  • Taste: 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
  • Price: 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 I have come to a conclusion that there is no noteworthy difference between these two types of eggs. Therefore, white eggs will remain my staple diet and also an excellent supply of proteins.
Rhode Island Red
Brown Egg With Nutrient Label
Organic brown and white eggs