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What do you see when you look at chicken nuggets through a microscope?

What’s really inside that . . . chicken nugget?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Meet Rick deSchazo, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson.

He is not   proud of something his state ranks first in.  Obesity!  Another factoid about his city? Jackson has fifty fast food companies.  That’s a lot!  But supply wouldn’t exist if demand didn’t.

Children are becoming increasingly obese.  And they eat a lot of chicken nuggets.  deSchazo wondered:  Exactly how healthy are these highly processed kid favorites?

To find out, his team randomly bought chicken nuggets from two local eateries.  Which chains?  He’s not saying.  In the lab, they analyzed slices under the microscope.


The first sample contained about 50 percent chicken meat.  The rest?  It was chicken alright, but mostly fat, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

The other sample?  Even less meat.  Also heavy on fat and connective tissue.  Plus bone.

DeSchazo's isn't attacking specific chains. He just wants to encourage consumers to read labels and eat consciously.  That could lower obesity rates.  Along with walking to the restaurant.  

And skipping the dipping sauce.  Please don’t tell us what’s in that.