Everyone has certainly tasted chicken nuggets in their lifetime . Chicken nuggets are fried in fat and are especially available in fast food restaurants, food shelves and freezers. But where are chicken nuggets made and how much chicken do they actually contain? In this article, we’ll explain the steps in making chicken nougat and what all is used to make the nougat – then you can decide for yourself if you still want to continue eating the nougat in the future.
Chicken nuggets are a great delicacy for many: the golden brown and crispy shell awakens the tongue of water, and the soft and tasty interior pampers the taste buds. Chicken nuggets could be imagined as a healthy option; after all, they are known to contain healthy and light chicken. However, this is a misconception, as chicken nuggets contain a significant amount of fat, and their excessive intake can lead to an increase in blood triglyceride levels. The next time you explore the fast food restaurant’s menu or are currently packing your child for a snack for afternoon hobbies, we recommend staying away from chicken nuggets.
How are Chicken Nuggets Made?
Nuggets may sound like a healthier alternative to hamburgers or other red meat dishes, but in reality chicken nuggets are made from a pink paste reminiscent of canned paste or strawberry ice cream. This paste is made by separating parts of an entire chicken and then grinding them together into a mass (picture below). Michael Kindt posted the picture on his blog and caused a stir.
The process of making nougat does not end there, as the pink mass shown in the picture is full of bacteria and is not suitable for human consumption. So how do you get rid of these bacteria? The paste is immersed in an ammonia bath. If the manufacturing process ended here, no one would be able to eat the nuggets, as the smell of ammonia lurking from them would ward off even the most severe hunger right away. The taste and smell of ammonia are covered with artificial dyes and flavors.
Famous TV chef Jamie Oliver put his own spoon into the chicken nugget guide by sharing information on how the nuggets are made. In Food Revolution, Jamie educates viewers about the unhealthiness of chicken nuggets and urges parents to avoid feeding them to their children.
A little later, the NatGeo channel saw a program on how to make chicken nuggets, focusing in particular on the mechanical separation and grinding process used to make the nuggets.
The Huffington Post further investigated the composition of chicken nugget
The Huffington Post went online to explore the background of the chicken nugget and published an article on its website entitled “What’s Really in a Chicken Nugget?” i.e. “What do chicken nuggets really contain?” The article was distributed on social media and sparked a horrific debate on many sides. According to the article, chicken nuggets contain not only chicken meat, but also chicken intestines, fat, crushed bones, nervous system, cartilage and even more than 30 different additives. Chicken nuggets contain less than half of the chicken and the rest come from elsewhere.
The article begins with the words, “When you order fast food, you know you may not be making the healthiest decision about a meal, but at least you assume you’re getting the right food. Chicken is chicken and meat is meat, right? ”
The Huffington Post studied many different “fake dishes” and the results of the study showed that only 50% of chicken nuggets contain chicken meat. Chicken nuggets are rich in fillers and additives such as aluminum sulfate.
What do chicken nuggets contain?
The American Journal of Medicine compared the contents of chicken nuggets from two popular fast food chains (the names of the restaurant chains were not mentioned, but anyone can easily deduce which chains were involved). According to the study, the nuggets in both chains contained a maximum of 50% chicken meat, and the remainder of the nugget consisted of a mixture of cartilage, nervous system, crushed bone, blood vessels, and fat.
Dr. Richard D. DeShazo, who works at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has stated publicly: “Companies have chosen to use artificial pulp in their nuggets, consisting of different chicken parts, instead of using real chicken meat. This mass is then rolled in the dough, fried and for some strange reason is called chicken. Nuggets are a chicken product and are high in fat, calories, salt and sugar. They are not healthy for anyone. ”
According to Dr. David Katz, who works at Yale University, this nugget mass can be harmful to health, although research on it has not yet been conducted. Although the truth about the contents of the nuggets seemed to shock people, it did not help to stop eating the nuggets – no, even though people know they eat e.g. chicken nervous system and bones, not to mention all the additives. It is these additives that make nuggets a questionable food product that we recommend staying away from.
The Huffington Post article we mentioned earlier told a stark fact about many nugget additives. One of the additives is an anti-foaming agent, which is used e.g. in car antifreeze. Although these additives have not yet been published as dangerous in chicken nuggets, they certainly do no good to the body.
Some nugget manufacturers add monosodium glutamate (MSG) to the mass, which has been found to cause e.g. headaches and excessive sweating. The study also revealed that all the nuggets studied contained a large amount of grape sugar. Ten chicken nuggets contain up to 900 milligrams of sodium, which exceeds daily recommendations.