Protein Comparison

December’s ERS update shows changes in the average prices of top protein sources, and eggs continue to be the least expensive source of high-quality protein per standard USDA serving. Milk is the second least expensive source and chicken is the third least expensive.

The average cost of beef round roast increased by 17 cents per pound. The average prices of eggs, milk, chicken breast, ground beef and pork chop decreased by 7 cents per dozen, 1 cent per gallon, and 5 cents, 2 cents and 14 cents per pound, respectively.

Eggs still provide the most grams of protein per dollar spent (55 grams/$1).

The next ERS update is scheduled for January 18.

December 2016 Protein Chart



1 United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. Retail data for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products. Retrieved on December 15, 2016 from  

2 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. 2015. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.

3 Price is for whole milk, no price available for lowfat

4 Price is for boneless chicken breast, no price available for skinless

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