Misconceptions About Agriculture: Are Brown Eggs More Nutritious Then White Eggs?

Sometimes the world of agriculture is unclear due to a copious amount of professional opinions floating around about different topics with in the field. With this confusing, sometimes contradicting information, your opinion and view tends to become a little skewed away from the truth. This creates misconceptions, which are plainly just “incorrect views or opinions due to faulty thinking or understanding. “ (dictionary.com) These of course are rampant in the field of agriculture and for the next couple of weeks we are going to be looking at some of these misconceptions and see if we can debunk a few.

When it comes to the issue of food, it seems as if people are trying to find the newest and healthiest thing, which there is nothing wrong with don’t get me wrong, but I feel as if sometimes people like to believe that what they are consuming is healthier when in all actuality it isn’t. For example we take a look at eggs, eggs of course are already a healthy day starter, providing protein with just the right amount of fat to get our days going. Though this is true, there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not brown eggs are healthier than white eggs. This idea has materialized after the false advertisement of brown eggs as the healthy alternative to white eggs. So with this debate in mind we are going to see if in fact this is true or not and how they stack up against each other.

Health wise these eggs seem to stack up pretty similarly, “Both brown and white eggs contain 70 calories and 7 grams of fat. Both brown and white eggs contain 210 mg of cholesterol and 12 grams of protein, and finally both are rich in B vitamins and minerals such as phosphorus and choline.” (www.fitday.com,2013). So there you have it, when it comes down to the nutritional content of each individual egg, it does in fact turn out that they are identical in value. So if this is the case we question, “Why exactly are the shells of the eggs different colors if there’s nothing actually different between them?’ That question can also be answered with factual evidence. It turns out that the color of the egg’s shell is determined by the color of the hen that is laying that particular egg. So for instance “an egg with a brown shell would come from a brown hen, and an egg with a white shell would come from a white hen.” (www.fitday.com,2013) So, with these two questions about eggshell color answered, that totally debunks this misconception right? Actually not quite, there is one more questions that separates us from the truth. Why, if they are completely identical except for color, do brown eggs tend to cost more than white eggs? Many believe that this difference in price is due to brown eggs having more nutritional value, but since we’ve already proved that to be false, why is it that they cost more? Much like the other questions, this too can be answered, like we mentioned before there is a difference in the colors of the shells due to the difference in look and breed of the hen that lays it. This is also the reason for different prices in the eggs, it turns out that brown breeds of hen are actually larger in size, therefore consuming more feed, which makes them more expensive to care fore. This in turn raises the price of the eggs once they hit the stores, in order to make up for that extra cost for food and up keep.

So there you have it, the misconception of brown eggs being healthier than white eggs has been debunked. So the next time that you go to the grocery store you wont have to worry as much about what the difference of these two types of eggs are because there really aren’t any large differences in particular.

Sources: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/brown-eggs-vs-white-eggs.html#b

http://ncfieldfamily.org/farm/15-common-misconceptions-about-agriculture/

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