Doctors Dissected Chicken Nuggets

This image is not in any way illustrative of the story, nor is it meant to imply McDonalds as one of the restaurants in diShazo's research.

This image is not in any way illustrative of the story, nor is it meant to imply McDonalds as one of the restaurants in deShazo’s research.

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.

Via The Atlantic:

“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.

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9 Comments on "Doctors Dissected Chicken Nuggets"

  1. tibby trillz | Oct 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm |

    everytime i eat mcdonalds i feel like an asshole for at least 3 hours afterwards

  2. Anarchy Pony | Oct 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm |

    Every time I have eaten a mcnugget I have found some sort of un-chewable piece of material within.

  3. InfvoCuernos | Oct 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm |

    I had a guy offer me a free hotdog the other day and I just said “Sorry, I read The Jungle”. I think at this point studying any processed meat will result in the same level of disappointment. After that lawsuit about the amounts of meat in Taco Bell, its pretty clear that fast food corporations will always deny any attempts at transparency regarding the contents of their “meat”.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Oct 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm |

    I dunno how old Dr. Richard deShazo is
    but if he’s just figurin’ this out
    he must be from Mississippi

  5. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Oct 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm |

    Is it weird that I have a craving?

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