Over the last few years the ingredients of fast food items have been put under the microscope to see what it is that people are really eating. Most of the investigations that were done are a result of an image of “pink slime” that was reported to be in meat items from multiple fast food restaurants. Pink slime was not found in the nuggets that were inspected by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. They did find some interesting ingredients however.
McDonald’s website describes chicken nuggets as: “…made with white meat, lightly coated in a tempura batter to ensure that they are crispy on the outside and juicy and tender in the inside”. What they don’t tell you is that there is not that much white chicken breast meat in the nuggets.
According to the National Chicken Council over 50 billion pounds of broiler chickens were sold in the US. About half of those chickens made it into chicken nugget type products. The University researchers found that the breast meat was actually not the main ingredient in the nuggets. There was a lot of fat mixed in along with bones, connective tissues, and nerves.
Many fast food restaurants say that their chicken nuggets are 100% white meat and that they do not contain any strange ingredients. It was found that most of the chicken nuggets were actually made up of fat instead of actual white meat. The National Chicken Council listed the myths about chicken nuggets on their website including the pink slime myth and the myth that meat glue is used to keep the nuggets together.
The US Department of Agriculture recently lifted a ban on certain chicken processing companies in China that take the chickens that are killed and process them and then ship them back to the US. Along with this ban removal the USDA has also begun replacing the quality inspectors with chicken processing employees. They believe that it will benefit everyone.