Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs
What most people do not know is that duck eggs are far superior to chicken eggs,
with the same taste and richer smoother consistency yet better than a chicken egg in many
- Duck eggs have twice the nutritional value of a chicken egg and stay fresher longer
due to their thicker shell.
- Duck eggs are richer with more albumen, making cakes and pastries fluffier and richer.
- Duck eggs have more Omega 3 fatty acids... something you can actually see in the
salted pickled eggs the Chinese love to eat. Omega 3 is thought to improve everything
from brain health to healthy skin.
- Duck Eggs are an alkaline-producing food, one of the few foods that leave your body
more alkaline which is a great benefit to cancer patients as cancer cells do not thrive
in an alkaline environment. Chicken eggs are an acid food leaving your body more acid.
There is one reason why many people are afraid of trying a duck egg and that is that the
yolk contains about a 1-day supply of cholesterol... which is not good for heart
disease... well... this depends on what you believe about weight control and fat or
cholesterol. We are only just beginning to understand the real effects of fat
in our diet. In practice, we know that healthy active people who exercise need fat in
their diet, otherwise their bodies would generate the cholesterol itself. So good (HDL)
cholesterol is good and will stop your body from producing its own cholesterol. Your
body needs to know how to process fat and get the energy benefits. If it forgets how to
process fat or has easier sources of fast energy as from hydrocarbons then guess what,
your body stores the fat as an energy source... hence your love handles are really
All the above says there are great benefits from eating an egg a day... yolk and all.
No YOLK - is not good advice - No Joke!
Egg Allergy Substitutes: One health benefit with duck eggs is that
most people who are allergic to chicken eggs are able to eat duck eggs without allergic
Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs: Size
Duck eggs are quite large compared to chicken eggs, which makes them easily
distinguishable. Another distinct difference is that the duck egg's shell is a lot
tougher than a normal chicken egg's shell. Though that makes them a lot more difficult
to crack, it is also supposed to provide them with a considerably longer shelf life. By
long, I mean six weeks at maximum, if you keep them refrigerated.
The large size of the duck egg gives it a larger yoke to white ratio than a chicken
egg. So if you want more yolk, duck eggs are what you should go for. With the larger
size you definitely get more for your money, compared to a chicken egg!
Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs: Nutrition
6x the Vitamin D, 2x the Vitamin A, and 2x the cholesterol in duck eggs vs chicken
eggs. Duck contains about 75% of the Vitamin E in chicken eggs. Duck eggs reportedly
also have more Vitamin K2, Duck eggs also are higher in calories for the same weight
quantity, probably due to it's slightly higher fat concentration. Also, keep in mind
that the eggs of free-range, pastured animals generally have higher levels of vitamins
and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The yolks are darker, yellower, indicating a
higher nutrient density.
A 100 gm of duck egg will provide about 185 KCal of energy, compared to 149 KCal of
energy provided by a chicken egg. Both types of eggs, match each other in terms of
carbohydrate content, while the protein content is slightly higher in the duck eggs
compared to chicken eggs. The mineral content of duck eggs is very similar. Both contain
selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. The
duck eggs contain slightly higher amounts of all these minerals.
Same is the case with vitamin content in both of them. The vitamin content too is
similar, but duck eggs have a higher amount of each one of them, which includes thiamin,
niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E,
vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol.
100 gm of duck eggs will have about 3.68 gm of saturated fat, compared to 3.1 gm in
chicken eggs. The mono unsaturated fat content is about 50% more in duck eggs as against
chicken eggs. The amino acid content profile is also similar for both eggs, but again
duck eggs contain more of them. The amino acids included are threonine, isoleucine,
trytophan, leucine, methionine, lysine, cystine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, serine,
glycine, proline, aspartic acid, histidine, alanine, and arginine. The only minus point
that duck eggs have is the considerably higher cholesterol content, compared to chicken
eggs. 100 gm of duck eggs will contain 884 mg of cholesterol, compared to 425 mg in
chicken eggs. That is why, people with history of heart disease should stay away from
consuming duck eggs or moderate their intake.
Duck Eggs Vs Chicken Eggs: Taste & Utility
Duck eggs provide a taste that is different and tastier than chicken eggs according
to most users. Individual tastes might vary, so it is best if you try one out to decide!
Every thing that you do with a chicken egg, can be done with a duck egg. That includes
scrambling them, poaching and baking. In fact, most expert bakers report that using duck
eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their
high fat content. As the water content in duck eggs is lesser than chicken eggs, you
need to be careful not to overcook them, which has a tendency to make them rubbery. The
larger water content also makes the duck egg white harder to whip but they are worth the
effort. Salted ducks eggs are a popular Chinese recipe that you might want to try out.
How to cook duck eggs?
Same as chicken eggs. Duck eggs more richer than chicken eggs, so it is very good for
making cake, ice cream...