Egg Protein Comparison & Protein Costs

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

The average cost of chicken breast increased by 5 cents, ground beef by 8 cents, pork chops by 3 cents and beef round roast by 6 cents. The average cost of eggs decreased by 1 cent, and milk by 4 cents.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods
Updated March 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 1.76/doz. 1 egg 0.15 72 6 40
Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat 2.92/gal.3 8 oz. 0.18 122 8 44
Chicken breast, skinless (boneless) 3.12/lb.4 3 oz. 0.59 102 19 32
Ground beef, 90% lean meat 5.33/lb. 3 oz. 1.10 149 17 15
Pork chop (boneless) 3.72/lb. 3 oz. 0.70 132 18 26
Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless) 4.99/lb. 3 oz. 0.95 147 18 19

March 2018 Gram Protein/Dollar

March 2018 Protein Chart

 

Sources:

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 https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/meat-price-spreads.aspx.   

2 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. 2015. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/112?fgcd=&manu=&lfacet=&format=&count=&max=35&offset=&sort=&qlookup=egg. 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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