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Updated 07 October 2013

Just what is in that chicken nugget?

A chicken nugget is really a chicken by-product, high in calories, salt, sugar and fat – and is a very unhealthy choice.

The second nugget was only 40% muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone. "We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it," lead author Dr Richard D deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in Jackson, said. "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," deShazo told Reuters Health.

He and his colleagues chose not to reveal which chain restaurants they visited. Consumers aren't necessarily being misled, since much of the nutritional information they need is readily available, he said. "We just don't take the time to understand basic nutritional facts."

 
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