For many years the "hot dog" has been a delicious treat for many people both young and old. Topped off with onions, mustard, sauerkraut, ketchup, and more makes them hard to resist. But wait! The mystery of what "dogs" are actually made of has deterred their consumption by some people over time. The idea of eating ground up bone, organ tissue, fat, and more has led consumers, as well as, dieticians and public health authorities over the years to speak up and share their concerns.
Today there are stories about the "chicken nugget" circulating and with that there are many of the same concerns. The common ingredients of some brands include: muscle, with a mix of fat, and ground up bones, blood vessels, and nerves. One report even found that close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, according to authors who wrote in the American Journal of Medicine. Yet they call it "chicken."
"We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it," lead author Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said.
Rather than low-fat chicken white meat there is, in fact, added sugar, salt, and fat. This adds up to a high calorie food which can contribute to an unhealthy diet. Companies are not shy in marketing their nuggets to kids. Parents should heed the warnings and be more concerned about their children's diet and overall well being just as parents' became concerned about "frankfurters" back in the day. Remember all the hot dog commercials that used to be on TV?
Look at the ingredients and nutritional labels on what you buy and think about what you are eating. Where on the chicken is his nuggets? Where on the cow is his hot dogs? The processed foods out there undermine our collective better thoughts and tests our ability to judge how healthy we think some foods are. The marketing of unhealthy foods has always appealed to our weaknesses. Remember the Hawaiian Punch commercial? "Made with 10% fruit juice..."? Robert Klein used to say, " ...what is it, 90% urine??!!"
Bottom line: we are what we eat. Grandma was right!