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Food Fight: Chicken vs. The Egg

Which comes first? We pick the better protein source.

By Sam DeHority
Food Fight: Chicken vs. The Egg

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Chicken

Price: $3.70/lb
Fat: 4 g
Protein: 27 g
Calories: 153
Sodium: 51 mg
Cholesterol: 75 mg
Intangibles: None

VS.

The Egg

Price: $2.99/Dozen
Fat: 11 g
Protein: 13 g
Calories: 155
Sodium: 124 mg
Cholesterol: 373 mg
Intangibles: Choline for brain health, antioxidants for eye health

*All numbers per 100 grams

They’re two of the best low-calorie, low-fat, high-protein options out there, but which one gives you the most bang for your buck? While it seems that chicken breast is the clear-cut winner with twice the protein for only 70 cents more, delving a little deeper reveals some interesting results. With each egg costing 25 cents in a pack of a dozen, you pay approximately two cents per gram of protein. On the other hand, for a four-ounce serving of chicken, you pay an average of 92.5 cents. That equates to a price of approximately 3.4 cents per gram of protein. The argument for eggs gets even better. They’re also packed with antioxidants that keep your eyes healthy, as well as choline, which keeps your brain in top shape. If you’re training on a budget, go with eggs. Two servings will cost you a sixth of a cent more per gram of protein than one serving of chicken, and you’ll have two more servings than a four-pack of chicken breasts.

Winner: The Egg

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