Egg Protein Comparison & Protein Costs

The February update shows a decrease in the cost of eggs, chicken breast, ground beef and pork chops. The cost of milk and beef round roast has increased. Eggs continue to be the least expensive source of high-quality protein followed by milk and chicken breast.

Since December, the cost of eggs and the cost of chicken breast has decreased by 5 cents, pork chops by 7 cents and ground beef by 1 cent. The price of milk has increased by 6 cents and beef round roast by 22 cents.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods
Updated February 2019

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 1.55/doz. 1 egg 0.13 72 6 46
Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat 2.91/gal.3 8 oz. 0.18 122 8 44
Chicken breast, skinless (boneless) 3.06/lb.4 3 oz. 0.57 102 19 33
Ground beef, 90% lean meat 5.25/lb. 3 oz. 0.98 149 17 17
Pork chop (boneless) 3.67/lb. 3 oz. 0.53 132 18 33
Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless) 5.01/lb. 3 oz. 0.98 147 18 18

February 2019 Gram Protein/Dollar

February 2019 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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