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.

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Egg shells get their color due to the types of chicken they come from. White-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs. Yes, it’s that simple.

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 their size. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens—and the bigger the bird, the bigger the egg! 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 chickem. The coloring of shells or bird rather 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!.


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