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Average Retail Cost of High-Quality Protein Foods

  

Mar 17, 2014

    

The American Egg Board has released comparisons of the average cost and protein content of eggs in comparison to meat and dairy foods.

Eggs provide the largest quantity of protein per dollar at 35 grams per $1.00
as compared to a serving of beef round roast at 20g per $1.00.

Among the protein-rich foods, eggs supplied the least calories among the comparisons.

These figures illustrated in the table and figures below confirm the value of eggs and justify inclusion in daily diets for U.S. consumers. The AEB are to be complemented on compiling and promoting the comparisons for the benefit of consumers in a time of economic stringerncy.

 

  

Updated February 20, 2014

Complete Protein Food

Avg. Cost1

Serving
Size

Cost per Serving

Calories per serving2
(
kcal)

Protein per serving
(g)

Grams Protein Per Dollar Spent
(g/$1)

Eggs
Grade A large

$2.01/doz. 

1 egg

$0.17

 72

6.0

35

Milk
Reduced fat, 2% milkfat

$3.55/gal.3

8 oz.

$0.22

122

8.0

36

Chicken breast
Skinless (boneless)

$3.43/lb.4

3 oz.

$0.64

 97

18.0

28

Ground beef
90% lean meat

$5.02/lb. 

3 oz.

$0.94

150

17.0

18

Pork chop
(boneless)

$4.02/lb. 

3 oz.

$0.75

123

17.5

23

Beef round roast
USDA Choice (boneless)

$4.64/lb. 

3 oz.

$0.87

166

17.5

20

  

1 United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. Retail data for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products. Source: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/MeatPriceSpreads/

2 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory. 2010. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata. Nutrient facts per raw serving

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

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