What’s in Your Food?

We’ve all done it…the fast food stop.  It could be while on a driving getaway or at the airport.  Or just a simple craving.

When I do it?  I usually end up with some chicken nuggets…it just seems like the healthiest choice.  If you do the same, check this out from ABC Science:

Mississippi researchers found out why: two nuggets they examined consisted of 50 per cent or less chicken muscle tissue, the breast or thigh meat that comes to mind when a customer thinks of “chicken.”

The nuggets came from two national fast food chains. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.

The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.

The second nugget was only 40 per cent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

“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 nuggets he examined would be okay to eat occasionally, but he worries that since they are cheap, convenient and taste good, kids eat them often. His own grandchildren “beg” for chicken nuggets all the time, and he compromises by making them at home by pan-frying chicken breasts with a small amount of oil, says deShazo.

The lesson here?  Prepare your own food.  You’ll know what’s in it, and you’ll know what’ s healthy.  You can’t get tricked by marketing, and therefore you won’t be eating blood vessels, nerves, cartilage and bone.

If you’re heading to the airport, eat beforehand.  And if you’re heading on a road trip, try to find a grocery store in the nearest town…you can always prepare your own food and save your health.  Just be a little patient with your cravings, and order wisely during Droptober.



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