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Old 03-18-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
Shawn Michels
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Protien Bang For Buck

I majored in economics in college which has skewed my view of the world a little bit. I am always trying to boil down "problems" into simple metrics and trying to figure out how to optimize things. It drives my wife batty.

Anyway diet is one of my biggest problems. Specifically at 6'6" 241 I don't get nearly enough protien in my diet. Now that I have started trying to hit the appropriate zone blocks I am eating my wife and I out of house and home. Our food bill has more than doubled (which is a tough hit in these times).

So it got me thinking. Right now the cost of protien is the biggest component of my grocery bill. So the question I would like to solve is: What is the most cost efficent source of protein?

In order to keep this simple I would like to look at one simple metric: Cost per Gram of protein .

So far here are a few I have come up with. At this point I am not discreminating between whole foods and non whole foods. If we can get enough options then I will split it out later.

Anyway I think this would be usefull for anyone like me who is trying to get in a lot of protein on a tight budget. If there is enough intrest it would be pretty easy to even convert this to excell so that you can insert your own cost and see how the numbers change.


Muscle Milk Light (24 pack) - $1.04 per shake. 20g protein per shake
$.052 per g

Deli Turkey - $5.99 LBS. ~75g of protein per LBS
$.079 per g

Chicken Breast - $6.99 LBS ~ 137g of protien per LBS
$.051 per g


I could do more.... but need to get back to work.... intrested in other peoples ideas.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:46 AM   #2
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What is the most cost efficent source of protein?
Legumes.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:48 AM   #3
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Re: Protien Bang For Buck

While I understand what you are trying to do, and I will contribute more to this thread once i get home from work, another important part of this, especially budget wise is not only the amount of protein per dollar, but also the additional calories your getting from it, at least from a strict budget perspective.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: Protien Bang For Buck

Eggs. $6/five dozen at Costco.

That's 390 grams of protein at $0.015 per gram

WINNER (and tasty + full of vitamins)

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Old 03-18-2009, 07:54 AM   #5
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Muscle Milk Light (24 pack) - $1.04 per shake. 20g protein per shake
$.052 per g

Deli Turkey - $5.99 LBS. ~75g of protein per LBS
$.079 per g

Chicken Breast - $6.99 LBS ~ 137g of protien per LBS
$.051 per g


I could do more.... but need to get back to work.... intrested in other peoples ideas.
Buy your chicken somewhere else. It should be cheaper than that.

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Old 03-18-2009, 08:07 AM   #6
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Buy your chicken somewhere else. It should be cheaper than that.

Katherine
unless he is buying organic, free range breasts. That's the price of them here anyway.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:09 AM   #7
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Re: Protien Bang For Buck

I agree with Katherine.

My local butcher was a deal where if you buy 10lbs of chicken breast. You get at a rate of 1.99/lb!

$.014 per g for me.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:21 AM   #8
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Cans of Tuna?
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:38 AM   #9
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unless he is buying organic, free range breasts. That's the price of them here anyway.
Well, yeah. But he wanted cost effective. Whole Paycheck is a great store, but they're not cheap.

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Old 03-18-2009, 08:49 AM   #10
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Of course - I was just putting it out there... he didn't specify what factors he would be taking into account with his choices, but I guess if he is eating deli turkey for 599/lb he probably doesn't care about the origin of his chicken.

I have seen chicken breasts priced as low as 1.19/lb recently, but it was in a kind of dodgy store, and they looked unnaturally large!

The local big grocery store, chicken breast is usually $2.69/lb, sometimes 1.99/lb if there is a sale.

Can't go wrong with eggs in terms of cheap nutrition. tuna is good too but albacore is high in mercury, so you should probably be watching consumption.
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