Who knew buying eggs could be so complicated! Walk into any grocery store, and your egg options will include brown or white, large or small, organic or not. Is there a difference? Let’s clear up some of the most common egg myths, with intel we found on Yahoo’s Conscious Consumer blog:
- Egg myth #1: Brown eggs are healthier than white. That’s FALSE, because the color of an egg’s shell is merely a reflection of the breed of the hen. In general, hens with darker feathers tend to lay darker eggs. As far as what’s inside the egg, experts say there aren’t any differences in nutritional quality, or flavor. Numerous studies have found that eating just one egg for breakfast can boost your energy and curb your appetite all day long.
- Egg myth #2: Organic eggs are healthier. That’s TRUE, because organic eggs come from hens that are fed a 100% organic diet. However, the healthiest eggs come from hens that were raised outdoors. A recent Penn State University study found that chickens that get to spend a lot of time roaming outdoors tend to lay eggs which contain higher levels of vitamins A and E, and more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- That brings us to egg myth #3: Eggs labeled “free-range” come from hens that roam freely outdoors. That’s FALSE. Unfortunately, the term “free-range” isn’t regulated. So there’s no guarantee that the hen that laid the eggs ever saw the light of day. You’re better off looking for eggs labeled “organic,” or buying eggs from a farmer you trust at a local farmer’s market.
- Here’s one more egg myth: Egg substitutes are simply egg whites without the shells. That’s FALSE. The reality is that most egg substitute products add artificial stabilizers and thickeners, which may reduce the health benefits. They also cost twice as much as real eggs. However, if you can’t eat egg yolks for health reasons, then egg substitutes can be a good option. Just read the labels carefully before buying.