Egg Protein Comparison & Protein Costs

The July update shows a decrease in the cost of eggs, milk, ground beef and pork chops. The cost of boneless chicken breast 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 June, the cost of eggs decreased by 36 cents, milk by 4, ground beef by 7 and pork chops by 2 cents. The cost of chicken breast has increased by 1 cent and beef round roast by 3 cents.

Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods
Updated June 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 1.63/doz. 1 egg 0.14 72 6 43
Milk, reduced fat, 2% milkfat 2.88/gal.3 8 oz. 0.18 122 8 44
Chicken breast, skinless (boneless) 3.09/lb.4 3 oz. 0.58 102 19 33
Ground beef, 90% lean meat 5.36/lb. 3 oz. 1.05 149 17 16
Pork chop (boneless) 3.67/lb. 3 oz. 0.69 132 18 26
Beef round roast, USDA Choice (boneless) 5.21/lb. 3 oz. 0.98 147 18 18

July 2018 Gram Protein/Dollar

July 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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