Egg, egg, egg, they belong to Easter. But how many eggs can you eat? And why are brown eggs more expensive than white ones? 7 egg facts for Easter brunch.

1. Is an egg healthy?

Yes, eggs contain a lot of nutrients. In addition to fat and protein, they also contain iron, vitamins B12, D, A and B2, as well as folic acid and minerals such as phosphorus, selenium, iron and zinc. They conform to a healthy diet. The eggs are in the Wheel of Five, but you can’t eat them without limits. The Nutrition Center advises not to eat more than two or three eggs per week. “Because the egg yolk contains cholesterol, which can cause the blood cholesterol level to rise slightly,” says Annette Stafleu, nutritionist at Het Voedingscentrum.

,,But saturated fat has more influence on the level of cholesterol in the blood. Eggs also contain saturated fat, but not as much as, for example, meat and cheese. High cholesterol is bad for the heart and blood vessels. Vegetarians can eat slightly more eggs, three to four per week, because they don’t get cholesterol from meat. Those who eat seven or more eggs a week are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

2. How does a brown egg get its color?

There are white and brown eggs. There are many misunderstandings about the cause of this. White eggs are sometimes thought to come from battery hens. That is not the case, because battery cages have been prohibited since 2012.

The color of the egg is determined by the breed of the hen. You can tell from a hen’s earlobes what color eggs she lays: a hen with white earlobes lays white eggs, while a reddish-brown hen with red lobes lays brown eggs.

3. Which is healthier, a brown egg or a white egg?

Brown eggs are not healthier than white eggs, nor are they any friendlier to animals. However, brown eggs are more popular. It always has been, according to a study ‘Eieren: A study on egg purchasing and usage habits in the Netherlands’ by Wageningse Bureau Makrotest NV. This shows that as early as 1964 housewives preferred a brown egg, because it would have a nice color, a better flavor, a thicker shell, and a larger yolk.


If you have a choice between white and brown eggs with the same quality mark, it is better to choose the white egg.

Patricia Schutte, spokeswoman for the Center for Nutrition

“A white egg is a little more sustainable than a brown egg,” says Patricia Schutte, a spokeswoman for the Center for Nutrition. White hens eat less feed and lay more eggs in a year. Therefore, less feed is needed to produce more. If you can choose between white and brown eggs with the same quality mark, it is better to choose the white egg.”

White eggs are more popular at Easter anyway, because you can dye them better.

Yolk color may vary. A hen fed feed with added corn or alfalfa will lay eggs with a dark yolk. Brown eggs are usually larger than white eggs, because the hen that lays them is usually a bit larger and requires relatively more feed. As a result, brown eggs are often more expensive than white ones.

4. Is a dyed egg poisonous?

No. A dyed egg from the store is non-toxic. A safe and harmless paint should be used for these eggs. The dye can be transferred to the egg, but the amount you ingest is negligible. You can also paint the eggs yourself, with special egg paint, markers, watercolor or finger paint. It goes without saying, but don’t use poster paint, wall paint, car paint, or paint meant to paint your house. So this is of course a health risk,” says Wieke van der Vossen, an expert in food safety.

5. Should eggs be kept in the refrigerator?

At the supermarket, the eggs are out of the fridge. But most people keep their eggs in the fridge anyway, at 4 degrees Celsius. That is also the best place, so they last longer. At 4 degrees, bacteria like salmonella don’t stand a chance. Preferably keep them in the box, then they lie down calmly and dry less quickly. Not in the refrigerator door that is opened a dozen times and then an egg is shaken too much.

Because the shell is porous, the egg quickly absorbs all kinds of smells and flavors. Therefore, it is best not to store eggs near strong-smelling items, such as sliced ​​onions. A boiled and painted egg can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

Why aren’t they refrigerated in the supermarket? Because they keep best when the temperature is kept as uniform as possible, from when the hen lays the egg until it is in the shopping bag. If they were kept in the supermarket refrigerator, they would get hot during transport home and condensation would form more quickly. And if the egg gets wet, the possibility of bacteria formation increases.

6. How to cook the perfect egg

To prevent an egg from going flat during cooking, you can poke a hole in the shell with an egg piercer on the blunt side of the egg. There are also special egg chopsticks for sale. Put the eggs in a pan. Add enough water to cover them halfway. Set the hard-boiled egg timer for 10 minutes. Bring the eggs to a boil with a lid in the pan. When the water with the eggs boils, turn down the heat source, otherwise the eggs may boil.

* Count on 10 minutes for a hard-boiled egg.

* Allow 8-9 minutes for half a soft-boiled egg.

* Count on 6-7 minutes for a soft-boiled egg.

Put the eggs in cold water or rinse them under cold water (scare the eggs). This makes them easier to peel and stops the cooking process. If an egg is farm fresh, use a little baking soda in the cooking water.


Smell an egg that is not fresh or expired. If it smells good, you can still eat it.

Wieke van der Vossen, Food Safety Expert at Het Voedingscentrum

7. How do you know if an egg is spoiled?

If you doubt the freshness of the egg, place it in a large glass of water. If it floats, it’s not fresh. “Pay attention,” says Wieke van der Vossen, a food safety expert at the Food Center. “The float test only works to test the freshness of eggs. But it says nothing about contamination with bacteria. It is not the case that an egg that is not fresh has expired. So don’t throw away the egg. Check the shelf life on the packaging. Smell an egg that is not fresh or expired. If it smells good, you can still eat it. But cook or bake it well in advance. You can also use a floating egg to make a cake, savory or sweet. Throwing it away is a waste; the hen has done everything possible with your egg.