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The average chicken nuggets is only HALF meat.. and the rest is fat, bone and nerve endings

  • Researchers in Mississippi examined  chicken nuggets at two different fast food chains and found that only about half  of the nuggets were made of muscle meat
  • The rest of the nuggets were made of  other chicken parts like fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones and  cartilage
  • A representative for the National Chicken  Council said it’s no mystery what’s in chicken nuggets since nutritional  information is often available online or on the packaging

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 08:24 EST, 5  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 10:21 EST, 5 October 2013

Chicken nuggets are definitely made of  chicken – just maybe not the parts you want to eat.

Researchers in Mississippi conducted an  ‘autopsy’ of chicken nuggets from two fast food chains in Jackson and confirmed  what we all suspected about the mystery-meat medallions: they aren’t too meaty.

The first chicken nugget tested was made up  of about 50 per cent muscle tissue from the breast or thigh and the rest was  made up of unpalatable parts: fat, blood vessels, and nerves.

What's in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined two fast-food chains' chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken parts 

What’s in a nugget? Researchers in Mississippi examined  two fast-food chains’ chicken nuggets and found that half or less than half of  the nuggets were made of meat. The rest was made of high-fat chicken  parts

 

The second chicken nugget was even worse with  out 40 per cent muscle, with the rest being made up of fat cartilage and bone.

The researchers decided not to name the fast  food chains.

Dr Richard D deShazo, the study’s lead  researcher, encourages his patients to eat white chicken meat and while chicken  nuggets may look white on the inside, looks can be deceiving.

‘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,’ Dr  deShazo told Reuters. ‘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.’

While it’s OK to indulge in the junk food  every so often, the problem for deShazo is that some people eat them multiple  times a week.

Don't make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher of the study, said it's OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he's concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week  

Don’t make it a habit: Dr deShazo, the lead researcher  of the study, said it’s OK to eat chicken nuggets every once in a while but he’s  concerned for the people who eat them multiple times a week

 

Ashley Peterson, a representative of the  National Chicken Council, a non-profit trade group which represents the U.S.  chicken industry, argued that consumers weren’t being mislead.

She pointed out that nutritional information  for most fast food chains is available online, and that anything for sale at the  grocery store has a list of ingredients.

‘Chicken nuggets tend to have an elevated fat  content because they are breaded and fried. But it’s no secret what is in a  chicken nugget,’ she said.

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