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What's Really Inside a Fast Food Chicken Nugget?

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[Via MSNBC] A small study conducted by the American Journal of Medicine has suggested that the contents of chicken nuggets may not be the parts of the chicken that we as consumers think they are. Conducted by researchers in Mississippi, two nation-wide fast food chain restaurants (left anonymous in the study) had their chicken nuggets dissected and examined the nuggets under a microscope.

The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs [.] The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone [.]

White chicken meats are generally very high protein, which makes them particularly marketable to growing children. The difference is that the chicken nuggets examined from these fast food restaurants were made up of mixed chicken parts with batter and breaded outsides full of fat.

The conclusions gathered from this small study suggest that we as consumers should pay more attention to what is in our foods and what nutritional content is good for us; this is especially true for diabetics. The researchers concluded by saying, “Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer[.]”

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