Here's The Difference Between Duck Eggs And Chicken Eggs

Eggs: It's what's for breakfast. Whether you like them scrambled, fried, over easy, or folded into an omelette, the orbs of protein-packed goodness are a popular choice among Americans for their morning meal. In fact, a 2019 survey found that of those who eat breakfast, 65 percent of people say that eggs are their go-to dish (via FoodNavigator). And while chicken eggs are the most commonly found in grocery store refrigerators or on shelves, there are other types of eggs you can crack into your frying pan, too.

One popular alternative to chicken eggs is duck eggs. Up to two times larger in size and with a more vibrant orange yolk, duck eggs taste richer and creamier than chicken eggs. But taste and appearance aren't the only things that set the two apart. Here's what else you need to know about the two, and why duck eggs might be a good option for tomorrow's breakfast.

Duck eggs are higher in vitamins and minerals

Like chicken eggs, Healthline explains that duck eggs are low in carbs and high in protein and fat (the good-for-you kind!). However, when it comes to other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, duck eggs edge out chicken eggs. For starters, duck eggs have more vitamin D — especially if the ducks are pasture-raised (via Wide Open Pets) — which strengthens bones and boosts mood. They also have more omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure and improve heart health (via National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health).

That's not all that duck eggs have to offer in terms of nutrition, either. Healthline reports that duck eggs are higher in choline, riboflavin, selenium, vitamin A, and vitamin B12 than chicken eggs, too. In fact, duck eggs provide you with up to 168 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B12, which keeps your brain and nervous system healthy and can also prevent heart disease. A chicken egg, in comparison, only provides 32 percent of your daily vitamin B12 requirement. So the next time you're perusing the store for omelette ingredients, consider duck eggs.