Do omega-3 eggs taste better?

When I was growing up the selection of eggs was medium, large, extra large, white and brown. Now you have omega-3 eggs, organic eggs, free-run eggs, free-range eggs and processed eggs products such as liquid egg whites and reduced cholesterol liquid egg products. Do eggs really have to be that complicated?

Omega-3s have received a lot of attention in recent years due to their association with heart health. There are several food products on the market (e.g. milk, yogurt and eggs) which have omega-3s added in.Today’s taste test will focus on omega-3 eggs. I always receive coupons from the manufacturers to try out their product but they cost more and I’m used to buying regular eggs. Plus, I never really thought to analyze the two and put them up against each other in a taste test. Do omega-3 eggs taste better than regular eggs? Is it worth the extra cost? And what are the added health benefits? Can an egg really contain enough omega-3s that it could make a difference? Well, first we’re going to see how they taste compared to regular eggs.

We’re going to be trying three types of eggs (which I hard boiled in advance):

Regular Large Eggs – $2.99/dozen
Omega-3 – $4.99/dozen
Omega Pro – $5.19/dozen

My thoughts:
I think that the Omega-3 eggs might have a creamier yolk compared to the regular eggs but I think the taste will be the same. I don’t think there will be a noticeable difference between the Omega-3 and Omega-3 Pro eggs.

Taste testers:
Please try each egg and comment on appearance, taste and texture. Which one do you like the most an why? Would you pay more to buy a better tasting egg?

The results:
Thank you for submitting your comments everyone. Here is the reveal:

A: Regular
B: Omega-3
C: Omega Pro

The results were unanimous. No one could tell any difference between the different types of eggs. The most noticeable difference was the color of the yolk (a deep orange color) of the Omega Pro egg but it tasted the same as the other eggs. I am stunned! I used to think that omega-3 eggs were somehow better or more nutritious and I really thought there would be a difference in taste or texture – especially since omega-3 eggs are a lot more expensive!

Bottom Line:
Don’t be fooled by the amount of advertising and fancy packaging that goes into the marketing of omega-3 eggs. The recommended intake of omega-3s for heart health is 1000 mg/day but omega-3 eggs only have 75 mg of DHA in Omega-3 and 125 mg of DHA in Omega Pro per egg. You would have to eat close to a dozen eggs to get the amount that’s recommended and you really shouldn’t be eating that many eggs on a regular basis. Instead, buy regular eggs and use the money you save towards a piece of fish instead. Choose fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring which packs in about 1000-2000 mg of DHA+EPA in a 100 g/3 oz serving and aim to have it 2-3 days/week in order to meet the recommendations for heart disease prevention.

Even if you don’t like fish, omega-3 eggs are not the way to go. They’re expensive and they don’t have significant amounts of DHA+EPA to meet the amounts recommended for heart health. I have to admit though, the egg people have come up with some brilliant marketing strategies. Even some of my dietitian colleagues were fooled.