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This is The Difference Between Brown Eggs and White Eggs

Finding yourself in a scramble trying to figure out the difference between brown and white eggs? We cracked down and found the answers.

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Eat This!

This is The Difference Between Brown Eggs and White Eggs

Finding yourself in a scramble trying to figure out the difference between brown and white eggs? We cracked down and found the answers.

When shopping for eggs, it's inevitable to notice that the brown eggs almost always cost more than the white. Some may think that one is better than the other. The truth is they’re not very different at all.

Egg shells get their color due to the breed of chicken they come from. For example, breeders have found that many white-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. While earlobe color can be a predictor of egg color, it is not rule. For example, one breed of red-earlobed chickens — the Aracuana breed — often lays blue eggs, but may also lay eggs that are green, pink, or even lavender, according to nonprofit organization Aviculture Europe.

Because brown eggs tend to cost more, people assume they are more nutritious and more delicious. But that is not the case. Brown eggs are more expensive because of the size of the hen that lays them. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens. Because larger chickens require more food and land to remain healthy throughout production. Higher production costs lead to more expensive products in the end.

Some people also think that one color shell is harder than the other, or that there are different colored yolks. These factors are due to the age and feed of the chicken. The coloring of shells or bird has nothing to do with this.

So, the next time you’re in the grocery market don’t be a chicken! Pick as you please — they’re all egg-cellent! And as for how to cook your eggs once you've got them, don't miss our in-depth report, Every Way to Cook Eggs—Ranked for Nutritional Benefits!.