Last week, I met a nice, elderly woman at the farmer’s market who was disappointed that there were no pastured eggs for sale. I invited her to my home and hooked her up with a dozen from my back yard.
The eggs I gave her were mixed in color: brown, cream, blue, reddish, and tan.
She was pleased with the eggs–especially the blue ones because they “have less cholesterol.”
We talked about the blue eggs and how she had purchased eggs the previous week from a farmer’s market. She paid $5.50 for brown eggs and $6.50 for the “low cholesterol” blue eggs.
Folks, I need you to listen to me. Eggs is eggs is eggs. The color of the shell has no nutritional bearing on the egg itself. The chicken’s diet and lifestyle will affect the quality of the eggs, but we’ll talk about that another day.
It is pigment that is laid upon the cuticle of the egg in the 4th hour of development in the oviduct of the chicken that determines the color of the eggs. And the chicken’s DNA is responsible for the pigment. (Whip that tidbit out the next time someone tries to overcharge you for egg color.)
For today, I just want to the you all to know, you should only pay extra for egg color if egg color is important to you. And it may be–a colorful basket is lovely. But don’t let anyone trick you into thinking the color of the egg is nutritionally superior.
I’d really like to know what other kind of egg myths are floating around out there. What have you heard about chicken eggs?
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Or, for a lot more information, check this out: http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/zoostaff/bbe/Kilner/PDFs/BiolRev-Kilner2006.pdf