According to Celebrity Cafe the Huffington Post on Sunday, researchers tested the contents of chicken nuggets to find that they are made of chicken parts other than meat, like blood vessels, fat, and cartilage.
The study was published in the American Journal of Medicine. The researchers tested two samples of chicken nuggets. However, they would not disclose the restaurant chains from which the samples originated.
The study’s authors wrote that the first sample was “about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels, and nerves." The second sample was 60% fat, cartilage, and pieces of bone, according to CBS.
The National Chicken Council (NCC) made a rebuttal, saying that this study is flawed because only two samples were tested, according to Grub Street.
Nevertheless, Richard D. deShazo, lead author of the study, insists that these particular unnamed restaurants “have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat...It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar, and fat that is a very unhealthy choice.”
DeShazo admitted that the sample size was rather small and that some other companies have changed their formula to use only white meat in their nuggets.
The NCC, a non-profit trade group representing the U.S. chicken industry, told Reuters that chicken nuggets are a great source of protein and pointed out that the study only looked at two chicken nuggets. If consumers want to know how much of what component is in their nugget, most companies either post the nutritional information in the restaurant or on the packaging.
Would you still eat chicken nuggets knowing at least some of them are full of nerves and blood vessels?
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