Posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:49 AM
Friday, Jul 27 at 4:23 PM
HOUSTON—How do you like your eggs -- Scrambled, boiled or fried? Before ever serving up breakfast, an individual must decide which kind of eggs to buy.
Organic, Omega-3 fortified, enriched, brown or white, egg yolks or egg whites—the choices are enough to scramble your brain.
“I always go for the biggest and least expensive,” said Everado Villarreal, while he shopped at a River Oaks grocery store.
Another woman at the store said she buys brown eggs, because her mother does, and she tries use what her mom uses when preparing food. But does mom know best?
According to Kari Kooi, a registered dietitian with the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, brown eggs and white eggs have the same nutritional value.
“The only difference is brown eggs come from a different color/different breed of chicken," said Kooi.
“Eggs are nutrition powerhouses,” Kooi said. “They really have been vilified in the past because of their cholesterol content, but now science is showing that the cholesterol content of food is actually having a positive impact on your blood cholesterol. “
Kooi also pointed out how many egg cartons boast big health benefits and nutritional value.
“Omega -3 fortified eggs means the chickens were fed marine algae, flaxseed or fish oil. So the thinking goes that they pass the Omega 3 first-hand; however, the Omega 3 fat content is unregulated,” said Kooi. “The amount that you’re getting from the eggs is very insignificant and you pay a much higher price for these Omega -3 fortified eggs.”
Other costly egg products include vegetarian variations or organic-designated eggs.
“USDA organic designation is the only officially regulated designation,” said Kooi. “That means the chickens were given feed that was grown without the use of pesticide, fertilizers, and they have to have year-round access to the outdoors.”
Cage-free and free-range mentions are not official USDA designations and are more about the treatment of the chickens versus the nutritional value of the egg.
“The bottom line is, just go with the regular eggs. You’re going to save money and nutritionally it’s still a bargain,” Kooi said.