Dr. Richard deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently dissected a couple of chicken nuggets from two “national fast-food chain restaurants” and discovered that they’re practically all fat and other gruesome stuff. Incidentally – and I mean totally incidentally – I used to work across the street from UMMC. They have a McDonalds in the pediatric wing of the hospital. I know because of my own shameful McNugget craving. Thankfully I ditched that stuff when I decided to get healthy. I’m not saying that McDonalds is one of the two restaurants in the study, though. Just an interesting factoid…. ahem.
“I was floored. I was astounded,” deShazo said of the moment he looked at a chicken nugget under a microscope.
Dr. deShazo has been concerned about the American diet for a while. Recently, he says, he “got a little curious about chicken nuggets” because “it almost seemed like they were habituating—that kids were addicted to the chicken nuggets.”
So he asked a colleague, pathologist Steven Bigler, MD, to see what’s inside the nuggets by cutting them open “just like a human being [in an autopsy].”
Bigler and deShazo dissected two random chicken nuggets from different restaurants. They will not tell us which—because this is meant as an interesting reminder, not a Sinclarian exposé—beyond that they are “national fast-food chain restaurants near [the] academic health center in Jackson, Mississippi.” (Probability is high that one of these restaurants has a clown for a mascot and professes to literally sell happiness to children, in that there are four of said restaurants within two miles of the medical center. One is within the hospital.)
Bah-duh-dah-dah-dah… I’m lovin’ it.