Chicken McNuggets – What’s The Scoop?

For people who eat McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, or chicken nuggets in general, I highly recommend that you read this article The chicken which should be banned by Dr. Mercola. And better yet, let your kids read it.

A few highlight from the article:

  • Only 50 percent of a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.
  • Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.
  • Wholesome, health-promoting food is “live” food, and the hallmark of live food is the fact that it will decompose. The fact that these burgers, buns, and fries do not decompose, even after a decade or two, is a clear sign that it’s just not real food, and should not be part of your diet.
  • Consume as much whole, raw, organic and/or locally grown foods as possible.

I bet the majority of people in the U.S., especially children, eat chicken nuggets. My kids love them too. Chicken nuggets are regularly served in school cafeterias.

Granted, you need to read everything online or in papers with a grain of salt, but I think it’s safe to say, chicken nuggets are not healthy food and should be avoided as much as possible.

I hardly take my kids to McDonald’s. They probably could count on the times they eat McDonald’s kids meal in a year on one hand. We mostly eat home cooked meals made from scratch.

When I was living in an apartment in St. Paul about 10 years ago, I had a neighbor who was an oncologist. His family of three rarely cooked at home. Several times a week they went to McDonald’s for breakfast, or lunch or dinner. Naturally, he was overweight.

I had always wondered why they consumed so much junk food. As a doctor, he should have known better.

My point in sharing this is, don’t trust your doctors blindly. They don’t necessarily know more than you do, or walk their talk, or have your best interest in mind. You need to take your health matter into your own hands. It really starts with getting better informed and living a healthier life with less processed/junk food.

After reading this article on Chicken McNuggets, I am considering banning this food from my kids’ meal.

Other related articles:

Eating This Just Twice a Week Can Make You Gain Ten Pounds…

Most of What You Eat is Not Real Food

4 Responses

  1. Hank Long

    Interesting post Qin. I had an 8-piece Chicken McNugget meal on Sunday. I usually check to see how many grams of protein and percentage of my daily suggested sodium intake fastfood meals account for. I believe the nutrition facts on the box stated I was getting about 18g of protein, which is pretty good, but about 45-50% of my sodium. Your post has me thinking even more carefully about what I eat.

    1. This might be a good move for McDonald’s as they are trying to add a new, hetlahy element to their reputation. However, I wonder how this will affect Weight Watcher’s reputation.It is common sense that majority of McDonald’s menu consists of unhealthy foods. As pointed out in other comments, the Super-size Me documentary and two lawsuits against McDonald’s really pointed out a flaw in the the large corporation that is larger than life. On top of that, recently there has been emphasis on the obesity epidemic that is affecting our nation’s children and teens. How is it going to look when a company that is trying to promote hetlahy lifestyle habits is partnering up with a fast food restaurant that has some of the largest calorie counts on its menu? True, portion size is really a key to a hetlahy diet. However, as said before, there is temptation when looking at that menu. Also, how much focus is going to be put on advising people that portion size is a huge deal when trying to remain hetlahy? Would an obese child ordering from McDonald’s be informed that its only ONE 6-piece nugget meal that follows the point count system and not two or three orders?It might look to some people as though Weight Watcher’s is simply out to make more money and get their name and brand more publicity rather than really trying to help its followers lose weight and stay hetlahy. I do not think everyone is going to think this way, but I certainly think certain interest groups and group demographics might look at it this way.

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