What is Really Inside Chicken Nuggets

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has analyzed chicken nuggets to understand the contents of the processed food.

Researchers found that there is a 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.

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.”

deShazo commented: “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.”

There are more disgusting ingredients that corporations add to food.

L-Cysteine, an amniotic 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 Burger 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.

The fizzy, tingle felt when drinking soda pop is because of the ingredient sodium benzoate . 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.

This preservative has been found to support the production of cancerous cells.

Dannon, a manufacturer of yogurt, uses carmine, an additive that consists of crushed beetles, to add red coloring to their product in the “Fruit on the Bottom” yougurt, Activia and Oikos Greek yogurt brands. Carmine is an extract from cochineal insects, an unphotogenic arthropod native to Mexico and South America.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is admonishing Dannon for using carmine; urging the corporations to put “berries over bugs.”
Starbucks is another company that readily used carmine in their red-colored smoothies and was forced to stop using the product after coming under public scrutiny.
Vegetarians would be surprised to find that Jell-O is derived from collagen which is made from the protein of animal skins. The main animal used to manufacture gelatin is pig.

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.

Next time jelly beans begin to look tasty, remember that they are covered with shellac , a sticky substance derived from the secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.

Deli meats are sprayed with bacteriophages, tiny bacteria-killing viruses that were approved for human consumption in 2006. The claim by industry professionals is that bacteriophages infect germs such as E.coli and the Listeria bacteria that contaminate food, not humans.

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.

Corporations that claim to use “natural flavoring” might be using castoreum . 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.

Original Source: our friends at  Healthy Holistic Living

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  • Marianne

    Propylene Glycol is used in asthma inhalers. It is not antifreeze.

  • Marianne actually… “Propylene glycol is a controversial additive used to help preserve the moisture content in some commercial dog foods. You may already recognize this chemical for its more everyday use — as the key component in newer automotive antifreeze.”

  • Boeser Wolf

    Go check out the ingredients in anti-freeze. It may open your eyes.

  • Marianne

    Propylene glycol can be used as a component of antifreeze. PG is not poisonous. Ethylene glycol is, and that’s what’s used in most antifreeze.

  • KristenM

    Be careful here – Don’t display any actual knowledge of science!

  • Marianne

    Wikipedia: Is that good enough for you?


    as a moisturizer to maintain moisture in medicines, cosmetics, food, and tobacco products;

    as a flavoring agent in Angostura and Orange bitters;

    as a solvent for food colors and flavourings;

    as a humectant food additive, labeled as E number E1520;

    as a carrier in fragrance oils;

    as a food grade antifreeze;

    in smoke machines to make artificial smoke for use in firefighters training and theatrical productions;

    in hand sanitizers, antibacterial lotions, and saline solutions

    as a main ingredient in many cosmetic products, including baby wipes, bubble baths, and shampoos

    as the primary ingredient in the “Paint” inside a Paintball;

    as a base ingredient in aircraft deicing fluid and some automobile antifreezes;

    in cryonics;

  • roundthings

    Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food

    May not be ethylene glycol but it still doesn’t sound very appealing to be used in food products

  • Bob Smith

    Anyone check the DNA of the meat? I hope they are not using anything from Planned Parenthood.

  • Beaumont

    (It never ceases to amaze me, how demoralized people are incapable of using the objective information, which is being provided to them, whether here or in other places.)

    Firstly, I am omnivorous. I have made peace with the fact that eating animal products can be gross, for natural reasons.

    But, I abstain when the treatment of the animal is particularly odious, or when the method of production seems risky.

    I realize that I can never fully escape these things but do try to avoid them.

    Thanks very much.

  • Beaumont

    fwiw —
    Human cell lines are used to produce collagen/gelatin for human consumption and presumably contaminate hotdogs, by accident.

  • Larry Deavenport

    Its called the Fat Slob diet…. Is it a wonder we have so many people over weight in this country look what our fast food industry and restaurants serve.

  • Too bad they didn’t do any tests to reveal the presence of human fetal cells.

  • Alleged Comment

    THANKS! I have eliminated all of that from my diet and I am currently STARVING to death.

    But as someone said, it is better to starve to death than to die of starvation.

  • Randall Flagg

    Wow I am impressed. Scientists wasted time and money just so they can tell us what we have already known for years. Next they will tell us water is wet, and fire burns.

  • Faiths Burden

    What in the hell are we supposed to eat, They have poisoned everything, All of our
    food is dangerous to consume. Shall we eat organic ? no wait, they have that covered too.
    Heavy metals in the soil,air and water.

  • Cedric Joseph

    I worked in ten sheds for Ingham’s chickens; 17,000 – 21,000 per shed. Chicks to harvest: 6-8 weeks. When fully grown the sheds are packed tight. Their feed came in pellets made from God knows what. My guess is that the feed is made with the cheapest food, even if that meant using GMO, with hormones added in for Shure.

  • MMinCC

    The people that eat that garbage aren’t going to be providing much of your readership

  • BillPasadena

    I must be one of the smartest people in the last 30 years. I knew as a kid fast food was junk,.
    I’m glad the people not as smart as I have done numerous studies to prove my common sense.

  • IHC

    No wonder we have astronomical increases in diseases. Many of those diseases were unheard of 50 years ago. I know that to be ‘fact’ because I was growing up during that time.
    The foods my family and I ate where grown in our own garden with no need or use of pesticides. The meat we ate – although not frequent – was also raised by my father while he was teaching us siblings about caring for and respecting animals. We never consumed beef – it was unavailable in my country as well as too expensive due to importing during that time.
    My uncle was a butcher and taught us where from and how our meat makes it to the plate.

    I’m also astonished that these diseases also includes our own pets; one wonders what is really in their food.

  • Rand

    there is acually chicken blood,fat and vines in the chicken nuggets!?