You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Food Industry What’s Really In Fast Food Chicken Nuggets? Hint: Yuck! What’s Really In Fast Food Chicken Nuggets? Hint: Yuck! by Jennifer Kaplan October 7, 2013, 10:05 am 8 Comments Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center set out to determine the nutritional content of fast food chicken nuggets. I’m not sure you want to know what they discovered. Earlier this month Doctors Richard D. deShazo, MD and Steven Bigler, MD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS published a truly disturbing study: The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads “Chicken Little.” Are Fast Food Chicken Nuggets Even Food? What lead them to wonder what’s actually in a fast food chicken nugget (as so many of us have?): Chicken nuggets have become a major component of the American diet. We sought to determine the current composition of this highly processed food. So with this in mind the team randomly selected nuggets from two different national fast food chains. They fixed the nuggets in formalin (a solution of formaldehyde in water, used to preserve biological specimens), sectioned them and stained them for microscopic analysis. What did they find? The Nasty Results They found that, as so many of us have suspected, that most of the “chicken” is not actually chicken meat. What is it? Mostly fat, connective tissue and other very unappetizing stuff: Striated muscle (chicken meat) was not the predominate component in either nugget. Fat was present in equal or greater quantities along with epithelium (animal tissue covering the external and internal surfaces of the body), bone, nerve, and connective tissue. Their conclusion: Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer. Chicken Nuggets photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Numi Organic Tea Giveaway Next article Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How Fashionistas Can Unite to Support a Worthy Cause Written by Jennifer Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for Insteading (and EatDrinkBetter.com before the two sites merged) and is the author of Greening Your Small Business. She was also named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster, and an MBA – follow her on Twitter. instagram linkedin twitter 8 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:The View From Planet Kerth: The verdict is finally in about those clucking nuggets – Naples Daily News | MyNews Pingback:Do You Know What Chicken Nuggets Are Made Of? Study Shows It's Not … – E! Online | MyNews Pingback:Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle! Pingback:The Two Best Fast Food Chains In America | Healthy Food Guides Pingback:“40 % of Your Chicken Nugget is Meat. The Rest Is…” | spiritandanimal.wordpress.com Pingback:Diverting Expired Food From Trash To Table | Healthy Food Guides Pingback:Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle! Pingback:The Two Best Fast Food Chains In America | Food & Drink Insights Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.