Duck Eggs vs
HOW duck eggs are Different from chicken Eggs & How they're Similar
There are many similarities when it comes to duck eggs vs chicken eggs. Some people say duck eggs taste just like chicken eggs, only more so. Others can’t tell a difference in the taste of a duck egg vs a chicken egg.
What’s interesting is that the qualities that make duck eggs different from chicken eggs REALLY matter; and the qualities that make duck eggs very much like chicken eggs REALLY matter too.
That’s because duck eggs have unique benefits over chicken eggs for specific people and uses. Especially, for bakers; Keto, Paleo and fitness enthusiasts; those looking for extra nutrition; and people who love trying different foods, using special ingredients and/or experimenting in the kitchen.
At the same time, the similarities between duck eggs and chicken eggs make duck eggs very easy to bake and cook with, as well as to make part of your regular diet, meal planning and grocery shopping.
After exploring the differences and similarities between duck eggs and chicken eggs, we think you’ll be just as crazy for duck eggs as we are, and that you’ll soon be picking up a few cartons of Utopihen Farms Pasture Raised Duck Eggs week after week.
Let’s get started!
DUCK EGG NUTRITION
It seems like everyone’s talking about the nutritional benefits of duck eggs — and for good reason. Duck eggs tend to be larger than chicken eggs (ours come in a mixed-size six pack and are mostly large, extra large and jumbo). They are nutrient dense with:
- 7 to 9 grams of protein
- 100mg of omega-3 (compared to 37mg in chicken eggs)
- All eight essential amino acids (isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine)
- All the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body (and in most cases, at higher levels than chicken eggs gram per gram)
The larger whites of duck eggs vs chicken eggs give duck eggs their extra protein and that’s why they’re popular among those who take their workouts and weight lifting seriously, as well as people on keto or paleo diets.
Duck eggs & Omega-3
Duck eggs also have a larger yolk to white ratio which accounts for the higher level of omega-3 fatty acids in duck eggs compared to chicken eggs.
So, for those seeking the health benefits of a diet rich in omega-3, duck eggs are a good choice.
Here are a few common health priorities and concerns that consuming more omega-3 through duck eggs and other foods high in this fatty acid can help with:
- Heart health
- Eye health
- Bone and joint health
- Brain health
- Depression and anxiety
- ADHD in children
duck egg calories
While the calories in a duck egg depends on the size of the egg, they generally have 100 calories per egg. That’s 10 more calories than a jumbo chicken egg.
duck eggs reduce waste
The shell of a duck egg is much thicker than that of a chicken egg. The thicker shell extends shelf life, keeping duck eggs fresh longer.
Plus, a thicker shell means a well-protected egg and, therefore, less breakage. This results in reduced waste at home, on the farm, during shipping and at the grocery store.
If you think about the challenge of food waste globally, choosing duck eggs makes a lot of sense. Their role may be small, but every step we take toward solving the major problem of food waste is a good step.