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Chicken nuggets: Do you really want to know what's in them?

October 23, 2013|By David Lazarus

Laura wants to know what happens to the rest of the chicken when a fast-food restaurant makes nuggets.

But that's not the real question here. The real question is: What's in a nugget?

You might not want to know.

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According to a recent paper in the American Journal of Medicine, about half of the typical nugget is chicken meat. The rest is fat, blood vessels, nerves, glands, skin and ground bone.


So in response to Laura's question, there's plenty of chicken left over from the nugget-making process to be sold separately.

The question she and others may want to ask instead is whether, knowing what's actually in a nugget, they'd ever want to eat one.

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