Chicken nuggets under microscope astound doctors

ChickenNuggetsNot happy that their state boasts the highest rate of obesity in the nation among both children and adults, doctors from the University of Mississippi Medical Center decided to put chicken nuggets (a favorite of children everywhere)  from two (unnamed) nearby fast food establishments under a microscope and dissect them.

Dr. Richard D. deShazo, professor of medicine and pediatrics, assisted by pathologist Steven Bigler, were concerned by childrens’ seeming addiction to the tasty treat and set about discovering just what was in nuggets that made them so irresistible. After all, they’re only chicken. Aren’t they?

Well, sort of. Along with ‘enhancements.’

The nugget from the first restaurant was composed of 50 percent muscle. The other half was primarily fat, with some blood vessels, nerve and epithelium (from skin and visceral organs), and other tissue.

The nugget from the second restaurant was 40 percent skeletal muscle, mostly fat and some connective and other tissue, along with crushed bone. The doctors’ work was published in the American Journal of Medicine.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Dr. deShazo said he was “astounded” by the actual contents of the chicken nuggets examined. Microscope photos of the nugget composition accompany the  article.

There was no discussion of the nugget ‘enhancements’ in the article, but according to Natural News, Care 2 and many other  ‘natural’ news articles, and books such as Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemna, McDonald’s and other nuggets contain up to 38 ingredients, many of which are GMO corn by-products such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Others are toxic and banned in other countries.  One example is  TBHQ, a petroleum-based product (lighter fluid), linked to asthma, hormone disruption, skin conditions and DNA damage. Another is Dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent. Then there’s sodium aluminum phosphate, linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

Perhaps now the good doctors in Mississippi understand that there may be a link between the three dozen fast food outlets near their hospital (including one inside), and their many sick and obese patients.