A very small study (seriously, they only studied two chicken nuggets) has revealed to us that chicken nuggets aren’t all what they seem. Researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center examined the nutritional content of chicken nuggets from two unidentified national chains. The results, delightfully titled “The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads ‘Chicken Little,’” were published in the American Journal of Medicine.
The first nugget was approximately 50 percent “striated muscle”–you know, meat. The rest was primarily fat, with some blood vessels, skin, and nerve cells thrown in for good measure. Mmmmm. Nerve cells.
The second nugget was a mere 40 percent actual meat, with “generous quantities of fat and other tissue, including connective tissue and bone spicules.” Dude, I think you meant bonus spicules, amirite? Delish.
In only examining one nugget each from two restaurants, this clearly isn’t an indictment of all fast food offerings. Lead study author Richard deShazo, MD said that fast food chains aren’t necessarily misleading consumers.
“We just don’t take the time to understand basic nutritional facts – this is a health literacy issue – and to push back when our kids and grandkids, who do not know the risks of being obese, beg for unhealthy foods,” Dr. deShazo said in a statement.
The study authors chose not to identify the restaurants where they bought the nuggets, saying only that “we bought an order of chicken nuggets at each of two national fast food chain restaurants near our academic health center in Jackson, Miss.”
Okay, fine, don’t tell us. And yes, obviously I already did a Google map search to see which fast food joints are near the center, and the answer is all of them.
Mostly I’m disappointed that the study doesn’t tell us whether the fat content of the tested nuggets matched up with the restaurant’s stated nutritional data. Who doesn’t want to enjoy that kind of Seinfeld-esque hilarity?
Since Dr. DeShazo and friends won’t give us that info, the least we can do is take a look at the nutritional data available for the major chains that offer chicken nuggets. The best nuggets have significantly more protein than fat; the worst has almost twice as much fat as protein.
Here’s how the nuggets stacked up, from worst to best.
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