Everybody’s heard, or seen the pictures of chicken nuggets before they become, well, chicken nuggets. You know what I’m talking about right? That pink paste looking goo that went viral in 2010 that makes anyone want to rethink their nugget consumption. Well because of the many associations it had with McDonald’s signature Chicken McNuggets, the fast food chain decided to bring those comparisons to rest by telling everyone what their nuggets are really made of.
Beginning in late 2013, McDonald’s started a campaign where they began to “reveal” to its customers what their products are really made of. One of the very first ones were the McNuggets. In order to do so, they have started a series of videos with the slogan “Our Food. Your Questions. Get The Answers.” They take you on a tour of the plant (in this case Tyson Foods) where the meat for the nuggets is processed with a hired investigator by the name of Grant Imahara, who you might recognize from his work on MythBusters. In comparison to the pink paste that was said to be the foundation of the nugget, McDonald’s and the factory present a all-white meat ground chicken that has chicken tenderloin, rib meat, and breast. The real question is now, can we believe McDonald’s? Clearly every food company is going to try to tell you their food is real, they can’t afford to admit their food is actually really unhealthy if that were to be the case. So why haven’t other people done their own research on the popular McNugget? They actually have…
The website Natural News (www.naturalnews.com) got some of its scientists together and conducted a series of microscopic examinations of the McNugget as part of its new “science-based research brand”, and their results were very controversial. Turns out, that under magnified view, the nuggets were found to contain fiber-like structures, and what seemed like strands of hair. The photos depict very clearly what seems to be abnormalities in the meat and breading, and something the scientist never thought they would find inside the deep fried meat. But their discoveries don’t necessarily scream “unhealthy” as the article states. It’s just a word of warning for those that continue to believe in McDonald’s claims and tours of their nugget-making process.
Is it healthy, is it not? Is it real, is it not? Even with all the facts laid out, it’s all up to you, the consumer to make a choice. Which side do you believe in? And most importantly, will you continue to consume Chicken McNuggets?