What's in a chicken nugget?
From the American Journal of Medicine http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2813%2900396-3/abstract
"The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads 'Chicken Little'
To determine the contents of chicken nuggets from 2 national food chains.
Chicken nuggets have become a major component of the American diet. We sought to determine the current composition of this highly processed food.
Randomly selected nuggets from 2 different national fast food chains were fixed in formalin, sectioned and stained for microscopic analysis.
Striated muscle (chicken meat) was not the predominate component in either nugget. Fat was present in equal or greater quantities along with epithelium, bone, nerve, and connective tissue.
Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer."
The American Journal of Medicine is a legitimate but not prestigious journal. I'm surprised they published the article with this title because it's not an "autopsy" (that term is used only when the subject is a human -- when it's a non-human, it's called a necropsy).
The nugget from the ﬁrst restaurant (Figure 1) was
composed of approximately 50% skeletal muscle, with the
remainder composed primarily of fat, with some blood
vessels and nerve present (Figure 1A, trichome stain, 40)."
50% isn't predominant but it's a lot more than I thought it would be.
And in the Discussion section: "Available information suggests that the average composition of chicken nuggets from restaurant chain 1 is 56% fat, 25% carbohydrates, and 19% protein"
This info is taken from fatsecret.com. How did this article ever get published? This seems more suitable for a high school science fair project than a journal of medicine.
My 13 year old daughter, who grew up on these things, came home from school yesterday and said that they talked about chicken nuggets in class. I asked her if they discussed mechanically separated chicken. It was at that point she covered her ears and started yelling, "gross, gross, gross".
I asked her what the difference was between me telling her that for 13 years and 1 class discussion.