We've all heard the tag line since we were babies - "The Incredible, Edible Egg" - and then have watched and wondered as eggs have gone back and forth between the 'top healthy foods' list and the "keep away" list. Every once in a while, eggs seem to get a bad wrap.
For the time being, eggs are in fact good for you! This is a relief for me, because I love eggs. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Any time. Pancakes and egg whites after a run or race never fail me! And actually, I had an egg sandwich for lunch yesterday and it reminded me of a recent experience when I over heard a woman say that she heard brown eggs are from chickens who are under distress. I knew that wasn't right, but couldn't say for sure exactly what the difference is between brown and white eggs. Here's the lowdown:
The color of the egg is determined by the breed of hen and the pigment comes from a substance called protoporphyin as the shell forms. White eggs typically come from chickens with white feathers and brown eggs from those with red feathers. Hens laying brown eggs are typically larger and require more food, so this is why brown eggs are often more expensive than white ones.
Nutritionally, there really is no difference between the two but some people believe the taste of brown eggs is a bit stronger. That may depend upon the farm and how the hens are raised, however. Whether brown or white, I like to go for cage-free and antibiotic free eggs myself.
Quick nutrition stats:
One large egg has approximately 70 calories with 5 grams of fat, and 2.5 grams of saturated fat
Contains essential nutrients and vitamins including: protein, choline, folate, iron, selenium, Vitamin B12, and zinc
In the yolk: choline, folate, lutien, vitamin D, and zeaxanthin (contributes towards eye health)
High in saturated fat and cholesterol
Eggs high in omega-3s are from chickens fed flax seeds in with their regular feed
I find that most people have very strong opinions about eggs. What are your feelings towards? Love 'em or hate 'em? If you're an egg lover, what is your favorite way to eat them?