The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has analyzed chicken nuggets to understand the contents of the processed food, and what they found may just terrify you!
Depending on how well-read you are, this may or may not surprise you, but researchers found a stunning lack of actual chicken meat. Only 40 to 50% of the chicken nugget was meat; the rest was a combination of fat, skin, sinew, blood vessels, nerves, and bone fragments.
As Richard DeShazo, professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology at UMMC said:
“I was floored. I had read what other reports have said is in them and I didn’t believe it. I was astonished actually seeing it under the microscope. What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it, and still call it chicken. It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them.”
The study entitled, “The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads ‘Chicken Little’ ” concludes that “The nugget from the first restaurant was composed of approximately 50 percent skeletal muscle, with the remainder composed primarily of fat, with some blood vessels and nerve present. Higher-power views showed generous quantities of epithelium and associated supportive tissue including squamous epithelium from skin or viscera.”
“My concern is that these constitute a large part of people’s diets. When you fry any food, you’ve got a problem because you add a lot of calories to it. And we eat high-fat foods like chicken nuggets rather than fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Of course, there are more disgusting ingredients that corporations add to food:
- L-Cysteine, an amonio acid, which can be found in duck and chicken feathers and cow horns, is derived from human hair gathered at barber shops. L-Cysteine is added to bread and fast food products from McDonalds, Dunkin’ Donuts and Berger King.
- Propylene glycol is an additive in soda that is also used in everything from cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and electronic cigarettes. Propylene glycol is the complete additive that makes anti-freeze – anti-freeze. This chemical has been found in the Corexit oil dispersement toxin used after the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. This chemical causes heart attacks and neurological disorders.
- Sodium benzoate is what gives the fizzy, tingle felt when drinking soda pop. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims it is generally recognized as safe; however this chemical has been linked to hyperactive behavior in children.Sodium benzoate can be found in carbonated drinks, fruit juices, jams, salad dressings, condiments and pickles, and this preservative has been found to support the production of cancerous cells.
- Carmine, an additive that consists of crushed beetles, is used to add red coloring to many products.
- Carbon monoxide is injected into plastic wrap after the air is removed so that beef will retain its red-coloring. The process is considered safe for humans, although carbon monoxide detectors in homes are recommended because the odorless gas is deadly.
- Shellac is what gives jelly beans their protection; shellac is a sticky substance derived from the secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.
- Ammonia is used in household cleaning products and sprayed onto cut meats such as ground beef because “the trim of animal meat is prone to having bacteria on it.” This process was approved in 2001 and became well-known after the discovery of pink slime; pink slime is a mixture of bovine connective tissue and beef scraps doused in ammonia formed into a paste. This paste, used as a bonding agent, is a cheap adhesive that keeps the beef together. BPI asserts that pink slime is safer than conventional ground beef because of the ammonia treatment.
- Castoreum is used by many corporations claiming to use “natural flavoring.” This food coloring agent is extracted from the castor sac scent glands of the male or female beaver, which are located near the anus. Castoreum is a bitter, orange-brown oily secretion. The discharge from the anal sac is combined with urine and used by beavers to mark their territory or in sexual rites. Food manufacturers use castoreum in certain foods, drinks, candies and desserts such as pudding.
Bet that wasn’t what you thought was in your food, was it?