Chicken nuggets – tasty, affordable and a favorite among our kids – have also been found to be a disgusting mixture that is only half meat, reports CBS News on Oct. 4. The other half? Fat, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments, all entombed in fried up breading that has minimal nutritional value. Surprising? Hardly.
Scientists at the University of Mississippi Medical Center performed an “autopsy” of sorts on nuggets obtained from two unnamed fast-food chains, although we can likely guess where they went – Fast food giants McDonald's and Burger King.
The findings confirmed what we likely already could guess: The balled up chicken serving – call it a nugget, tender, whatever – is approximately 40 to 50 percent meat, and the rest are chicken byproducts.
Dr. Richard DeShazo, the lead scientist who participated in the study, said he was shocked by what they found.
“I was floored. I had read what other reports have said is in them and I didn’t believe it. I was astonished actually seeing it under the microscope,” DeShazo said.
He explains in their findings, posted to the American Journal of Medicine:
“What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it, and still call it chicken. It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them.” –Dr. Richard DeShazo
Critics say the researchers only looked at nuggets from two fast food chains, but is there really any doubt that others are not following the same cheap, unhealthy formula when making their nuggets?