It may be a bit disingenuous to suggest that you can’t be both a chicken and a beef person, but if you were on a desert island and you could only eat one of these food choices for a year, which would you choose? That’s the crux of the chicken versus beef debate, and here are some arguments for each side.

 

CHICKEN

 

More People Like Chicken

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According to a January 2014 article in the Huffington Post, Americans are eating about 60 pounds of chicken per year, compared to about 55 percent of beef per year. There are several factors at work, according to researchers, but the bottom line is that in real numbers, Americans now prefer chicken to beef, even though it’s still a very tight race.

 

Chicken Is Considered Healthier

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Although beef provides more iron, which is a necessary vitamin, many people view chicken as a healthier choice. Unless you buy lean beef, which is very expensive, chicken has less fat per pound than beef. And while it’s true that the dark portion of chicken is higher in fat than some premium cuts of beef, white meat chicken is leaner than standard cuts of beef, and also contains less saturated fat.

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Chicken Costs Less

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Beef prices continue to rise because of the cost of corn, which is the primary food used to feed cows. Chickens, on the other hand, are fed with a combination of soybean meal, corn and grains, which means they are less expensive to fatten up and less expensive for you to buy at the grocery store. Families on a budget are going to be drawn to chicken over beef when it comes to weekly shopping, saving beef for special occasions such as summer barbecues.