{"id":605990977842,"title":"Good Chop Review: Better Than ButcherBox?","created_at":"2023-08-02T23:29:25-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Good Chop Review: Better Than ButcherBox?\",\n \"keywords\": \"good chop, good chop review, good chop reviews, good chop vs butcherbox, good chop vs butcher box\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the sourcing and types of meat sold by Good Chop to give our take on whether or not the brand is a healthy option. 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The company describes their products as “high quality,” “responsibly raised” and “responsibly sourced.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eB\u003c\/span\u003eut is Good Chop healthier than regular grocery store meat and seafood, or are these just marketing claims? Do their products contain any unhealthy additives? How does it compare to ButcherBox in terms of price and quality? And how do real users rate the product experience and taste of Good Chop meals?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients and sourcing in Good Chop products to give our take on whether or not they’re healthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll compare Good Chop to ButcherBox and feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Good Chop Actually Healthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop thoroughly details their sourcing process on a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.goodchop.com\/sourcing\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSourcing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e page of their website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe brand claims that their beef is antibiotic and hormone-free, and grass-fed beef is an option on the menu.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop pork is vegetarian-raised and sourced from farms that undergo a quality assurance program that ensures the animals have an adequate “wellbeing.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChicken comes from free-roam animals that are never caged or confined, and seafood comes from wild-caught or farmed fish.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on how the brand sources their animal products, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ewe consider Good Chop to be healthier than the average grocery store or butcher.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8909876\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFoods\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal documented that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eanimal products sourced from animals with access to pasture are nutritionally richer and have a more optimal fatty acid profile for human health.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrom a nutritional perspective, we would recommend the grass-fed beef over the alternative beef options sold by Good Chop, and we would recommend the wild-caught fish over farm-raised, as a 2014 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3967178\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found wild-caught fish to be richer in health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how does Good Chop compare to ButcherBox in terms of price and health? We’ll discuss that in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eGood Chop vs. ButcherBox\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox is arguably the most popular meat and fish delivery service in the US, and as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/butcher-box-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, the brand has a very similar sourcing process to Good Chop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox primarily sells 100% grass-fed beef, chicken and pork cuts from animals with access to the outdoors, and wild-caught seafood.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOn a nutritional basis, we consider Good Chop and ButcherBox to be equivalent, and both to be healthier than the average cut from a grocery store\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (although most grocery stores also have the option of healthy animal products too).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s a price breakdown: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGrass-fed Beef (per pound)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox: $14.08 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$13.25\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChicken wings (per pound)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox: $9.39\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$8.83\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGulf Shrimp (per pound)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eButcherBox: $28.17\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$26.50\u003c\/b\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, Good Chop has slightly better prices across the board, although ButcherBox has better deals and promotions. In our opinion, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eGood Chop is the better option for consumers who know exactly what cuts they want, and ButcherBox is the better option for consumers who are looking to get the best value overall including promos.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real people rate Good Chop? We’ll feature some unsponsored customer reviews in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal People Try Good Chop\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Shannon Andersen has an unsponsored video unboxing and reviewing Good Chop that includes cooking the meats:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/QZ6IKjcPSzM\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Smoked Reb BBQ” has a video grilling and tasting a steak from Good Chop:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/2al5FF4EvCM\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat’s the Healthiest Good Chop Box?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop allows you to pick from a selection of cuts.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s our take on the healthiest possible order from their menu at the time of publishing this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Good_Chop_Healthiest_Order_Optimized_097c4ca8-b8a2-430c-997f-9282963ff3c5.png?v=1691033558\" alt=\"Good Chop healthiest order\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e2x grass-fed beef\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e1x boneless chicken breasts\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e1x Florida pink shrimp\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e2x Alaskan sockeye salmon\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis order also maximizes value because grass-fed beef is cheaper than steak cuts, and the unprocessed sockeye salmon is 5x cheaper than the smoked salmon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Good Chop\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Good Chop in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProvides healthy options\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGrass-fed beef\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWild-caught seafood\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSlightly cheaper than ButcherBox for most cuts\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMostly positive online customer reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMay be good option for those in food desert\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEthical sourcing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCardboard packaging\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePromotions aren’t as good as ButcherBox\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNot all beef is grass-fed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome fish is farm-raised\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Chop can be an extremely healthy option for discerning shoppers. The brand sells grass-fed beef, humanely raised chicken and pork and wild-caught seafood at prices better than any online retailer we’ve come across in an Illuminate Health review.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Good Chop to be healthier than the average butcher or grocery store cut of meat due to their strict sourcing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers planning to shop on Good Chop, we put together a sample order that we believe is the healthiest and best-value order on the site, at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Good Chop and ButcherBox equally healthy. Good Chop is a better option for those who know exactly what they want to order, and ButcherBox is a better option for those less discerning due to their promotions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNearly all of the customer reviews we came across while researching this article were favorable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrdering meat and fish online may be somewhat less environmentally friendly than doing so in-store due to shipping inefficiencies, but this brand is a great option for those who want to eat healthy and can afford to do so, but aren’t close to a good grocery store or butcher.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-02T23:38:14-04:00","updated_at":"2023-10-19T01:36:01-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the sourcing and types of meat sold by Good Chop to give our take on whether or not the brand is a healthy option. We compare Good Chop to ButcherBox in terms of nutrition and value, and feature unsponsored Good Chop customer reviews.","template_suffix":"","handle":"good-chop-review","tags":"_related:diet, _related:keto, _related:nutrition"}

Good Chop Review: Better Than ButcherBox?

Good Chop Review: Better Than ButcherBox?


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Good Chop is a meat and seafood delivery service in the US. The company describes their products as “high quality,” “responsibly raised” and “responsibly sourced.”

But is Good Chop healthier than regular grocery store meat and seafood, or are these just marketing claims? Do their products contain any unhealthy additives? How does it compare to ButcherBox in terms of price and quality? And how do real users rate the product experience and taste of Good Chop meals?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients and sourcing in Good Chop products to give our take on whether or not they’re healthy.

We’ll compare Good Chop to ButcherBox and feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.

Is Good Chop Actually Healthy?

Good Chop thoroughly details their sourcing process on a Sourcing page of their website.

The brand claims that their beef is antibiotic and hormone-free, and grass-fed beef is an option on the menu.

Good Chop pork is vegetarian-raised and sourced from farms that undergo a quality assurance program that ensures the animals have an adequate “wellbeing.”

Chicken comes from free-roam animals that are never caged or confined, and seafood comes from wild-caught or farmed fish.

Based on how the brand sources their animal products, we consider Good Chop to be healthier than the average grocery store or butcher.

A medical review published in the Foods journal documented that animal products sourced from animals with access to pasture are nutritionally richer and have a more optimal fatty acid profile for human health.

From a nutritional perspective, we would recommend the grass-fed beef over the alternative beef options sold by Good Chop, and we would recommend the wild-caught fish over farm-raised, as a 2014 medical review found wild-caught fish to be richer in health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids.

But how does Good Chop compare to ButcherBox in terms of price and health? We’ll discuss that in the next section.

Good Chop vs. ButcherBox

ButcherBox is arguably the most popular meat and fish delivery service in the US, and as we documented in our ButcherBox reviews article, the brand has a very similar sourcing process to Good Chop.

ButcherBox primarily sells 100% grass-fed beef, chicken and pork cuts from animals with access to the outdoors, and wild-caught seafood.

On a nutritional basis, we consider Good Chop and ButcherBox to be equivalent, and both to be healthier than the average cut from a grocery store (although most grocery stores also have the option of healthy animal products too).

Here’s a price breakdown: 

Grass-fed Beef (per pound)

  • ButcherBox: $14.08 
  • Good Chop: $13.25

Chicken wings (per pound)

  • ButcherBox: $9.39
  • Good Chop: $8.83

Gulf Shrimp (per pound)

  • ButcherBox: $28.17
  • Good Chop: $26.50

Overall, Good Chop has slightly better prices across the board, although ButcherBox has better deals and promotions. In our opinion, Good Chop is the better option for consumers who know exactly what cuts they want, and ButcherBox is the better option for consumers who are looking to get the best value overall including promos.

But how do real people rate Good Chop? We’ll feature some unsponsored customer reviews in the next section.

Real People Try Good Chop

A YouTube creator named Shannon Andersen has an unsponsored video unboxing and reviewing Good Chop that includes cooking the meats:

A YouTube creator named “Smoked Reb BBQ” has a video grilling and tasting a steak from Good Chop:

What’s the Healthiest Good Chop Box?

Good Chop allows you to pick from a selection of cuts.

Here’s our take on the healthiest possible order from their menu at the time of publishing this article:

Good Chop healthiest order

2x grass-fed beef

1x boneless chicken breasts

1x Florida pink shrimp

2x Alaskan sockeye salmon

This order also maximizes value because grass-fed beef is cheaper than steak cuts, and the unprocessed sockeye salmon is 5x cheaper than the smoked salmon.

Pros and Cons of Good Chop

Here are the pros and cons of Good Chop in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Provides healthy options
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Wild-caught seafood
  • Slightly cheaper than ButcherBox for most cuts
  • Mostly positive online customer reviews
  • May be good option for those in food desert
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Cardboard packaging

Cons:

  • Promotions aren’t as good as ButcherBox
  • Not all beef is grass-fed
  • Some fish is farm-raised
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Conclusion

Good Chop can be an extremely healthy option for discerning shoppers. The brand sells grass-fed beef, humanely raised chicken and pork and wild-caught seafood at prices better than any online retailer we’ve come across in an Illuminate Health review.

We consider Good Chop to be healthier than the average butcher or grocery store cut of meat due to their strict sourcing.

For consumers planning to shop on Good Chop, we put together a sample order that we believe is the healthiest and best-value order on the site, at the time of publishing this article.

We consider Good Chop and ButcherBox equally healthy. Good Chop is a better option for those who know exactly what they want to order, and ButcherBox is a better option for those less discerning due to their promotions.

Nearly all of the customer reviews we came across while researching this article were favorable.

Ordering meat and fish online may be somewhat less environmentally friendly than doing so in-store due to shipping inefficiencies, but this brand is a great option for those who want to eat healthy and can afford to do so, but aren’t close to a good grocery store or butcher.