Chicken Nuggets: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Researchers in Mississippi dissected chicken nuggets from two national fast-food chains and have come to some unappetizing—yet unsurprising—conclusions. Chicken nuggets are a mixture of blood vessels, nerves, muscle, cartilage, fat, and pieces of bone.
Dr. Richard D. deShazo, an author of the study, described a nugget by saying, “It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar, and fat that is a very unhealthy choice.”
The Physicians Committee recently petitioned the USDA to label chicken products and alert consumers about adulterants and likely contamination. The findings in The Five Worst Contaminants in Chicken show that there are additional health hazards hiding in chicken products like carcinogens and super bugs—chicken nuggets are certainly no exception.
Whether or not nuggets are ground up chicken feet, brains, or muscle, they are high in saturated fat and cholesterol and are best avoided altogether.