Where’s the Chicken? (Infographic)

Today's surprising health number: no more than 50 percent

50 - 60% of chicken nuggets are nerves, bone and blood vessels. Health Number on HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really in a chicken nugget, researchers have the answer. Did you guess chicken? If so, you may be half right — at least according to one recent study.

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Researchers found that chicken nuggets from two fast food chains were really, at best, only half chicken. The research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, found that the nuggets contain only 40 to 50 percent of lean muscle tissue, while the rest may be some combination of fat, blood vessels, nerves, bone or connective tissue.

Understandably, this may be unappetizing. But that’s also only half the story. What may be more important is that the mix provides less protein, more fat, more sodium and more carbohydrates than you’d get from unprocessed chicken — a naturally nutritious, lean protein source.

Read the full story There’s Not Much Chicken in That Nugget

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One study found that 40-50% of chicken nuggets from two fast food chains are made of muscle tissue. The rest: nerves, bone and blood vessels. #chickennuggets #fastfood.

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