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What's in a chicken nugget?

drongo | Oct 6, 2013 10:12 AM

From the American Journal of Medicine http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9...
"The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads 'Chicken Little'

Purpose
To determine the contents of chicken nuggets from 2 national food chains.

Background
Chicken nuggets have become a major component of the American diet. We sought to determine the current composition of this highly processed food.

Methods
Randomly selected nuggets from 2 different national fast food chains were fixed in formalin, sectioned and stained for microscopic analysis.

Results
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.

Conclusion
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).

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2013...

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