Breaking down the differences between egg types: Organic, free-range, omega-3 and more
The Internet has an unlikely new star — enter the world's most famous egg. Looking like any other egg you can buy off the shelves, the plain-looking egg rose to stardom on Instagram after an anonymous Londoner aptly named Eugene Egg decided to rally the support to make an egg the most-liked picture on the Internet. The motivation behind this movement was conceived from the wonderment of whether something as basic as an egg could topple Kylie Jenner's baby's birth announcement. To date, the egg has received 50.3 million likes and received media attention from talk show hosts and mainstream news — far surpassing ex-number one Kylie's baby birth photo of 11.3 million. This bizarre social media experiment has taught us an important lesson: when it comes to choosing between our breakfast staple and a successful socialite, we will not hesitate to abandon the latter.
Of course, in good Buro. fashion, we tap onto trending issues and add an (educational) spin on things. We love eggs — their versatility when it comes cooking, amazing nutritional value and of course now, social media potential. If you think that eggs are just regular oval-shaped brown colored things, think again. With the long list of egg brands and categories found in supermarkets, we breakdown what each type means for your everyday nutrition.
Standard brown and white eggs
Like mother like child — or in this case, like the color of the egg. Simply put, the egg color is very much dependent on the breed of chicken. As for nutritional value, both contain similar levels of nutrition.
Free-run and free-range eggs
Just like in their names, free-run hens are not confined in a cage but given access to roam the floor of the barn, albeit still densely packed in the barn. Free-range hens, on the other hand, are given access to the outdoors for the majority of the year. Another striking difference between the two is their feed — free-run hens are given antibiotics and hormones while free-range hens are not.
Organic hens live by rigid rules — they are fed organic feed that must contain no hormones, pesticides or genetically modified organisms. Outdoor access all year round is a must and when kept inside, they are fed organic sprouted grains. At least two square feet of floor space must be allocated to every bird — talk about personal space.
As you can easily guess from its name, these eggs have been enriched with essential polyunsaturated fats — incorporated into the hens' diets. While the amount of omega-3 in eggs is comparatively lower than fatty fish, a study found that the consumption of omega-3 eggs resulted in lower blood glucose and a component of LDL — a bad form of cholesterol.
In an ideal world, we would all have a full and happy life. Thank God for enriched eggs that might just be our answer to a better and healthier lifestyle, thanks to a modified content in the eggs. An example is vegetarian eggs where hens are fed a grain diet that is free from animal fat and byproduct. Enriched eggs are usually marketed as having a lowered amount of cholesterol and less saturated fat.