By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
If I showed you a picture of a chicken and asked you to show me where the nuggets come from, you’d probably point at the breast or thigh. After all, that’s where all those yummy television ads make it seem like the beloved breaded chicken meat is found.
However, according to researchers from the University of Mississippi, there’s some really disgusting body parts mixed inside the golden treats.
“We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it,” said lead author Dr. Richard D. DeShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Sadly, two popular fast food chains in Mississippi tricked people into believing they use white meat for their nuggets, but the scientists found much more than that inside.
Nuggets from the first fast food restaurant contained around 50% fat, blood vessels, nerves, and intestines. Ew, that’s totally gross! Well, at least it’s a little better than the second restaurant, because their chicken nuggets barely had 40% lean and healthy meat. The rest included fat, nerve cells, and – I don’t believe this – bone! “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,” said DeShazo.
Does this mean we should avoid chicken nuggets whenever we hit up a fast food joint? Well, it would be wise to stay away from junk food altogether, but if you want to know, DeShazo doesn’t really have an answer. He admits the number of restaurants studied was too few to make big conclusions.
If you ask me, though, I’d say eat those “chicken” nuggets at your own risk!