If you enjoy fast food chicken nuggets/ McNuggets, then you might want to stop right now… or continue reading out of curiosity. Yes I know, some people say it is safer to eat the Happy Meal toy.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center recently studied two chicken nuggets that were purchased from two different fast food restaurants. To accurately study these nuggets, they purchased full boxes from each restaurant and then just randomly each selected a nugget to study. Yep… nugget science.
Here’s what they found. (Reuters) The first nugget was about half muscle; the rest of that nugget was classified as a mixture of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the chicken, according to the article in the American Journal of Medicine.
Now to the second nugget. It was 40% muscle and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone. According to the one researcher, “It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice”.
Coming to the defense of the nugget was Ashley Peterson, who is Vice President of the scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Chicken Council; a non-profit trade group that represents the U.S. chicken industry. Peterson said that,
“Chicken nuggets are an excellent source of protein, especially for kids who might be picky eaters”.
DID YOU KNOW that as men and women get older, their ability to hear high pitched sounds diminishes. The ability to taste sweet foods also decreases with age.
And for pic o’ day, it seemed appropriate to include the Chicken McNugget that sold on eBay for $8100 because it resembled George Washington: