Sunday, 8 November 2015

Are brown eggs healthier than white eggs?

The question: Do brown eggs pack more nutrients than their white counterparts?

The expert: Nutritionist Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of the weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious Knowledge

The verdict: No

Brown eggs and white eggs are, nutritionally at least, exactly same: about 70 calories, 6 grams of protein, and a generous helping of B vitamins.

So why the different colors? "White-feathered chickens lay white eggs. Brown feather chickens lay brown eggs. It's as simple as that," Caspero says.

Brown eggs owe their superior health reputation to their inflated price tag. But brown eggs cost more than white eggs simply because they cost more to produce. 

Brown chickens are larger than their white cousins, so they eat more food, which in turn costs farmers more. And guess who pays for that? You.

What really matters is what the farmers feed their chickens, be they brown or white. This actually influences their eggs' impact on your health. 

For instance, vegetarian-fed chickens aren't ever fed other chickens. Meanwhile, organically raised, cage-free hens aren't fed anything that's been treated with antibiotics or pesticides and often have access to natural feed found in the great outdoors. 

So don't judge an egg by its color—find out what the farmer fed the hen that laid it.

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