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It doesn t matter which came first anymore, when you go to buy eggs in the supermarket, the eggs have clearly taken over! The choices seem endless and prices can vary widely.

Freshness does matter! Experts at Consumer Reports tasted various eggs includingsupermarket brands, organic eggs, eggs with no antibiotics, no hormones, white eggsand brown eggs. They found taste deteriorated the closer an egg got to the date on thecarton. But beyond that, the eggs all tasted pretty much the same.

So how do you choose? There are many more choices now, and price differences canbe dramatic. Some eggs cost twice as much as others.

For example: Don t pay a nickel more for eggs because they say: no hormones. Theysound like a better choice, but the truth is the egg industry as a whole does not usehormones.

But you should consider paying more for organic eggs. Dr. Urvashi Rangan, ConsumerReports Director of Product Safety, says they re better for people, chickens and theplanet. And eggs without antibiotics are another good choice. Just be sure the packagesays: No antibiotics used.

If you re a fan of Caesar salads, Consumer Reports says look for pasteurized eggs theycan be used in recipes that call for raw eggs.

How about brown versus white? Actually, ShopSmart says it doesn t matter. An egg scolor has no bearing on nutrition or taste.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports website.Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.
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