Ishmael N. Daro
Published: October 4, 2013, 3:09 pm
Updated: 4 hours ago
Researchers who conducted an “autopsy” on chicken nuggets from fast food restaurants were shocked at what they saw under the microscope: the nuggets were only about half chicken meat, with fat, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments making up the remainder.
“I was floored. I was astounded,” said Dr. Richard deShazo, professor of medicine, pediatrics and immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Actually seeing this under the microscope is a whole lot different than reading the numbers on a web page.”
Working with a pathologist, deShazo sliced and analyzed nuggets from two popular fast food restaurants that he has chosen not to identify. Their findings were published online by the American Journal of Medicine in September.
“What we didn’t know is that we would find so many chicken body parts in the chicken nugget, like chicken intestine and chicken cartilage and lord knows what else ‘chicken’ was all mixed up in there.”
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