There is a new report that may disgust you, but it probably won’t surprise you. The American Journal of Medicine recently performed an “autopsy” of two chicken nuggets – one each from two different fast food restaurants. The results? Not good, we’re afraid. As summarized by CBSNews.com:
Nugget number one was about 50 percent muscle tissue such as from the breast or thigh, which is what most people think of when they think of chicken meat. The rest of it was made from fat, blood vessels and nerves, specifically the cells that line the skin and internal organs of the chicken.
Nugget number two was 40 percent muscle. The rest was fat, cartilage and bone.
Now, being the skeptical lawyers that we are, we’d like to point out a few things that were acknowledged by the authors of the study. First, two nuggets is not exactly a scientific sample. Second, we’d like to know which restaurants sold these chicken nuggets so that we could look at the ingredients list(s) and determine if there is anything potentially questionable as to its representations. Would it be a potentially false advertising claim to promote such nuggets as “all white meat,” for instance? Is the ingredient list inaccurate? Third, it is possible, although highly unlikely, that these nuggets are not indicative of the fast food industry as a whole, indicating another issue with the so-called “sample.”
Until these pressing questions are resolved, however, you might want to skip the nuggets. We’re sure the fries are all natural. Until then, we await the nugget litigation.