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Am J Med. 2013 Nov;126(11):1018-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.05.005. Epub 2013 Sep 12.

The autopsy of chicken nuggets reads "chicken little".

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Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss; Department of Pediatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss. Electronic address: rdeshazo@umc.edu.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

Chicken; Fast food; Fat; Obesity

PMID:
24035124
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.05.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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