You’d think that buying eggs would be simple. In reality, it is actually quite complicated. There are eggs with various nutrients added to them, different sizes, traditional, organic, free-range – and they all come with a wide range of price tags. The question many people have is: Are cheap eggs as nutritious as the more expensive options? CBC Marketplace -a popular program produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – investigated. Here’s what they found. (1)
Are Cheap Eggs As Nutritious As Expensive Ones?
When choosing eggs from the grocery store refrigerator, you will see prices that range from $2.75 per dozen to nearly $8 per dozen. (1) That is quite a range. Journalists for CBC’s Marketplace noticed this disparity and wondered, “are cheap eggs as nutritious as the expensive ones?”
Typically, they found that the cheapest eggs are the conventional variety, and the more expensive are organic. For their investigation, they collected two cartons of each of different types of eggs from 14 brands from various stores across Toronto and the surrounding region. They then sent 29-dozen eggs to an accredited food science lab to test their nutritional content. (1)
The lab tested for (1):
- Cholesterol level
- Vitamins A, D, and E
The results were analyzed by two Toronto-based registered dietitians as well as a poultry nutritionist and professor from the University of Alberta. They found that the expensive organic eggs didn’t have any more nutritional value than the cheaper conventional ones. (1)