Friday, October 11, 2013

Eat more chik'n? Maybe not ...

The Salt
What's In That Chicken Nugget? 
Maybe You Don't Want To Know
National Public Radio
October 11, 2013 2:05 PM

Chicken Nuggets, from Banksy's 2008 installation
"The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill"
in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images via NPR
Chicken nuggets: Call 'em tasty, call 'em crunchy, call 'em quick and convenient. But maybe you shouldn't call them "chicken."

So says Dr. Richard deShazo, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In a research note published in The American Journal of Medicine, deShazo and his colleagues report on a small test they conducted to find out just what's inside that finger food particularly beloved by children. Their conclusion?

"Our sampling shows that some commercially available chicken nuggets are actually fat nuggets," he tells The Salt. "Their name is a misnomer," he and his colleagues write. The nuggets they looked at were only 50 percent meat — at best. The rest? Fat, blood vessels, nerve, connective tissue and ground bone — the latter, by the way, is stuff that usually ends up in dog food.

Read Maria Godoy's full story in NPR's The Salt.

Read Dr. Richard deShazo's full research note in The American Journal of Medicine.