A small chicken nuggets study conducted in Mississippi came up with some surprising results. Think you are getting little chunks of breaded white and dark chicken meat in those good-smelling boxes of treats? Maybe, reports FOX News on Friday, Oct. 4, but you may also be getting more – like bits of ground-up bone, nerve tissue and organ parts. Fat works its way in, too.
These are the things better left undiscovered, if you genuinely want your children to fill up on fast-food protein for lunch. Just don’t let them fool you. As much as 60% of a nugget may be composed of chicken by-products, plus an extra load of salt and sugar. “A very unhealthy choice,” says Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
"Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them." What’s a parent to do? It’s not a problem for an occasional fun meal, but daily doses should be avoided.
This was a very small study, published in the American Journal of Medicine. Only two nuggets, from two different food chains, were actually taken apart and examined under a microscope. One sample came out at about half muscle meat; the other showed only 40%.
So what can a parent do? Try making your own, from a cut-up, skinless, boneless breast. A little breading and a little oil, and voila, you have a chicken nugget. But don’t be surprised if your child likes the familiar, paper-wrapped product best.