Price Up: Chicken
Surveys show 94 percent of us eat chicken, and nearly four in 10 consumers say they increased their consumption of this healthy choice from 2011 to 2012. But the price of chicken—particularly boneless breasts—has risen more than many other groceries in the past six months, finds a recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. That particular cut has risen 61 cents per pound, to $3.93. Bill Roenigk, chief economist for the National Chicken Council, says high corn (i.e., chicken feed) prices are partly to blame, as well as steady demand because of breast meat's low fat and calorie content. You'll spend less if you opt for leg meat, though; Roenigk says dark meat tends to be cheaper than white, and isn't much different, calorie-wise: about 58 calories per ounce for dark, versus 47 for white (and some experts believe it's healthier for your heart).