Egg Protein Comparison & Protein Costs

The May update shows an increase of the price of eggs, milk, chicken breast, ground beef and beef round roast. The cost of boneless pork chops has decreased. Eggs continue to be the least expensive source of high-quality protein followed by milk and chicken breast.

The average cost of eggs increased by 25 cents, chicken breast increased by 2 cents, milk by 2 cents, ground beef by 15 cents, and beef round roast by 16 cents. The average cost of boneless pork chops decreased by 3 cents.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods
Updated May 2018

Complete Protein Food Avg. Cost1 Serving Size Cost per Serving Calories per Serving 2 (kcal) Protein per serving (g) Grams Protein per Dollar Spent (g/$1)
Eggs, grade A large 2.08/doz. 1 egg 0.17 72 6 35
Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat 2.92/gal.3 8 oz. 0.18 122 8 44
Chicken breast, skinless (boneless) 3.24/lb.4 3 oz. 0.61 102 19 31
Ground beef, 90% lean meat 5.52/lb. 3 oz. 1.19 149 17 14
Pork chop (boneless) 3.73/lb. 3 oz. 0.69 132 18 26
Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless) 5.19/lb. 3 oz. 0.97 147 18 19

May 2018 Gram Protein/Dollar

May 2018 Protein Chart



1 United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. Retail data for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products. Retrieved on February 16, 2017 from   

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

3 Price is for whole milk, no price available for low-fat

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

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