For First Time in 100 Years, America is Eating More Chicken Than Beef


It’s no secret that America holds a soft spot for beef (à la Burger King”s Rodeo Burger and Taco Bell’s new portable meaty nachos, among others). However,  for the first time in a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef, according to Priceonomics.

This dietary shift could suggest that in general, the US is erring toward healthier options. Still, the following chart from NPR’s Angela Wong shows that chicken has been on the rise for decades, while beef’s popularity has been decreasing for about 30 years.

Meat Consumption

While there’s no one reason for this meat trend, a contributing factor could be the rise of beef prices over the past 10 years due to a decreased cattle inventory in the US and a rise of cow feed prices. The leaner, easier-to-cook chicken has remained relatively cheap per pound, making it a valuable purchase in terms of both nutrition and money.

So since it looks like the white meat is here to stay, better brush up on those chicken wing-eating skills stat.

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Cameron is a Philadelphia native who is borderline obsessed with chocolate, coffee and sushi. She writes for TheFW and The Daily Meal, and making a mean chocolate chip cookie is her specialty. She also tries pizza everywhere she travels in hopes someday she'll become one of those cool pizza snobs.

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  • Linda Lovelush

    I’ll keep my mouth shut, LOL

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it has more to do with beef prices than health? Since when does this OBESE country care about slimming down? I think it has more to do with the ridiculous beef prices.. Pink slime ground beef is over $2/lb.. So much for the supply and demand theory.. You’d think if we were all consuming more chicken, beef prices would be declining..

    • Linda Lovelush

      I personally eat more chicken than beef because I prefer it. But you’re right about the prices. There have been times I had planned on buying beef for a certain dish I wanted to make, but decided against it and went with something else once I saw how much the meat was.

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