What’s In Chicken Nuggets? Whoa! Say What?!


Well, here’s another post that could be titled “Buyer Beware” because it’s all about how it’s getting harder and harder to find food that is (only) what you think it is. Read on to have your eyes opened and your head spinning about all the strange stuff and toxic ingredients in chicken nuggets, egg omelets and more. Maybe that’s why it seemed fitting to include information at the end of the post about a new detox summit. You’ll feel like you need one after just reading about all this. 🙂


Scientists Discover 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 amino 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 Berger 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.


Written by: Susanne Posel, who in 2013 joined the i-Heart Radio family of broadcasters. She is one of the most integral research journalists and sought after radio guests in media and the author of over 4,200 original headline news articles.

And unfortunately scary stuff in chicken nuggets and the other things Posel mentions is just the tip of the iceberg. If you aren’t already convinced our food system and regulations needs a major overhaul, check out this excerpt from an article about Subway and what’s in their egg omelet besides egg. Oy!


In particular, let’s uncover just a few of these ingredients:

  • TBHQ – a highly effective preservative for unsaturated vegetable oils and many edible animal fats (especially fish). This ingredient has been proven problematic as studies have shown it to be a precursor to stomach tumors and damage to DNA.
  • Dimethylopolysiloxane – a defoaming agent used in food processing, chewing gum base, and canned fruits and juices. While the World Health Organization declared this substance to be non-toxic, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows it to be preserved by formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a well-known irritant that induces oxidative stress and increases disease risk such as cancer.
  • Hydrogenated Soybean Oil – an unnatural dietary fat made by using a chemical process called hydrogenation. It is used to preserve foods. According to the American Heart AssociationÂŽ, trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowers good (HDL) cholesterol levels which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Read the full article here: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/subway-preservatives-1587.html

Here’s more bad news about what’s being served at certain food establishments:


And if you eat yogurt, you’ll want to read this article about the hidden additives in many brands. There’s also a link to a great chart comparing 125 different brands that can help you decide which ones are the healthiest to buy.


Related Self-help Health posts:

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Pesticides Found In Organic Foods

Eye-opening Eating Organic Experiment & Video

So What’s Really In Your Tea

McDonald’s  French Fries: It’s Worse Than I Thought



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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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