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    Whey vs. Chicken, price vs. protein %

    I have limited budget, lots of family on my back, including parents. So, is it more profitable to buy whey or chicken chest, if chicken for the same money has 30% more amount of proteins?
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    Profitable? Or cheaper per gram?

    You can buy chicken breast at $2 per pound (~50 grams protein), which would be about the same as whey protein at 4 cents per gram.

    If my math is correct.
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    Originally Posted by 401Delta View Post
    Profitable? Or cheaper per gram?

    You can buy chicken breast at $2 per pound (~50 grams protein), which would be about the same as whey protein at 4 cents per gram.

    If my math is correct.

    yes in blak friday offer its cheaper to grab 10 lbs protein bag and stock up

    supplemenments are definitely cheaper
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    Thanks, guys, but I don't live there and here where I live 5 lbs of whey (75%-80%) are around $55, and for that price, I can buy 26 lbs of the chicken chest. So what is it more profitable for muscles, 5 lbs of whey or 26 lbs of chicken?
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    Originally Posted by BigZLifter View Post
    Thanks, guys, but I don't live there and here where I live 5 lbs of whey (75%-80%) are around $55, and for that price, I can buy 26 lbs of the chicken chest. So what is it more profitable for muscles, 5 lbs of whey or 26 lbs of chicken?
    is it possible for you to order online ??
    many deals online .. and specially this time of year .. many bargains and freebies with the deal like gym bag gym wrsit supports+ creatine free to protein powder ..

    so overall you should get a better deal compared to chicken if u compare moneywise

    Nurtritionwise .. chicken and protein powders are both equally good but protein powder get absorbed fast + they have BCAA+ other essential aminos added ..

    you overall there are slight better than plain chicken ..
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    Originally Posted by hulk7029 View Post
    is it possible for you to order online ??
    many deals online .. and specially this time of year .. many bargains and freebies with the deal like gym bag gym wrsit supports+ creatine free to protein powder ..

    so overall you should get a better deal compared to chicken if u compare moneywise

    Nurtritionwise .. chicken and protein powders are both equally good but protein powder get absorbed fast + they have BCAA+ other essential aminos added ..

    you overall there are slight better than plain chicken ..
    Price in online stores are ok, but shipping fee is expencive. I will probably buy enough whey to consume it just as a pwm.
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    Chicken is food. FOOD
    Whey is a supplement. SUPPLEMENT

    You need food more than supplements
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    Originally Posted by oldandintheway View Post
    Chicken is food. FOOD
    Whey is a supplement. SUPPLEMENT

    You need food more than supplements
    I know that much. Food is a base, I just asked is it better to add whey or more chicken, if I get more proteins from chicken for the same money.
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    Originally Posted by BigZLifter View Post
    I know that much. Food is a base, I just asked is it better to add whey or more chicken, if I get more proteins from chicken for the same money.
    I always keep whey as a staple since it is budget friendly and a great supplement to add to my meal plan.
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    how is whey not food?
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    If you want to look at it purely in terms of how much protein you are getting it's fairly simple to calculate.

    For raw skinless/boneless chicken breast you can assume it's about 30% protein - so multiply the weight of chicken you get for a given price by 0.3 and you'll get the amount of protein. (for other cuts of chicken meat with skin on assume closer to 21-24% protein so multiply by 0.21 to 0.24 depending what you have)

    Most typical whey powders are about 80% protein - so multiply the weight of powder you get for a given price by 0.8 and you'll get the amount of protein.

    This will let you make a direct comparison.
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    Originally Posted by eatyourspinach View Post
    how is whey not food?
    Agree.

    But I might be biased as I'm not a huge fan of chicken. When people give the advice to "just eat chicken" I find it mind blowing and nauseating. Chicken for me is blan, tiresome and not that cheap anymore. If prepared in rich, fatty recipes it's delicious. But that's not what we're talking here.
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    Whey will always be cheaper per gram than chicken or another other comparable protein source. Especially this time of year where sales are pretty big and you can get it even cheaper.

    And whey is made from milk. So while I agree it should be used supplemental only, it’s technically food imo.
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    Originally Posted by oldandintheway View Post
    Chicken is food. FOOD
    Whey is food. POWDERED FOOD
    Fixed. You're overcomplicating it.

    OP. If the chicken is less expensive, then go with the chicken. Protein is protein in the context of a high protein diet of varied sources. Would suggest looking at all your options, not just 2. If cost is an issue, work through that with the most cost effective route that gets you to meeting your macro daily.
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    Whey is better if you don't want the hassle of cooking all the time. Essentially they're both high in protein and both very delicious if used right.

    You'll build muscle whichever you choose. As long as protein and calorie goals are met.
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    I believe you need a mix of both...
    Whey protein has more biological value and may not contain all the chit supermarket chicken has (antibiotics, pesticides, other toxic substances that originate from cooking) but you also need food and cannot cover your daily need with shakes.
    Don't save on your health, eat different protein sources (fish, white and red meat, eggs, legumes, milk...) instead of too much of a single source.
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    Originally Posted by Natty1980 View Post
    I believe you need a mix of both...
    Whey protein has more biological value and may not contain all the chit supermarket chicken has (antibiotics, pesticides, other toxic substances that originate from cooking) but you also need food and cannot cover your daily need with shakes.
    Don't save on your health, eat different protein sources (fish, white and red meat, eggs, legumes, milk...) instead of too much of a single source.
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