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Study Finds That Fast Food Chicken Nuggets Are Less Than 50% Chicken Meat


I want you guys to know that I love you because there is no other reason I’d write about this. It’s sort of heart crushing and gross and childhood killing.

Also, if you’re squeamish or vegetarian or don’t want to know what’s in your food — yeah, you’re not gonna like this.

University of Mississippi researchers Richard deShazo, Steven Bigler and Leigh Skipworth have a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Medicine involving random sampled chicken nuggets from two fast food chains. Reuters notes:

The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.

The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird… The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

Um. Yeah. Tasty, huh?

They didn’t say which fast food chains and I’m now questioning statements like “100% chicken”. Because, I mean, the above is 100% chicken. It’s just not the white meat you might think it is.

Of course, testing two random nuggets isn’t enough when you consider that billions are made each year — but it seems pretty clear that chicken by-products play a major role in the recipe.

Like I said, I love you guys. I’m gonna go be sick now.

(via io9)


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