Do you know the difference between a white and a brown egg?

Verified on 10/24/2022 by PasseportSanté
Connaissez-vous la différence entre un œuf blanc et un œuf brun ?

Have you ever noticed that eggshells are not always the same color? Do you know why you can find light-shelled eggs and darker-shelled eggs in the same carton? We explain the difference between a white egg and a brown egg.

Is there a nutritional difference between brown and white eggs?

Did you think that eggshell colors could influence their taste and nutritional value?

Several scientific studies have shown that eggshell color has no significant effect on egg quality or composition. What’s more, eggshell color has nothing to do with their nutritional value.

On the other hand, there may be a nutritional difference if a hen has been fed a specific diet (enriched with fatty acids, for example) in order to obtain specialty eggs. But this difference can just as easily be observed in white or brown eggs.

Simply put, brown and white eggs are nutritionally identical when the hens are fed exactly the same diet.

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The color of eggshells actually depends…

The color of eggshells depends on the breed of hen that lays them. In fact, the color difference between white and brown eggs comes from the pigments produced by the hens.

Generally speaking, white-shelled eggs are laid by hens with white feathers, while brown eggs are laid by hens with brown feathers.

Contrary to what you might think, the diet or environment in which hens live has no influence on the color of the eggshells they lay.

Other factors can also influence eggshell color. For example, as brown hens age, they may lay larger, lighter-colored eggs than when they were younger.