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When the kids are wailing, the boss wasn’t happy with your presentation, and the kitchen is|
anything but pristine, what mom hasn’t thrown up her hands and given in to demands for chicken
nuggets? Like, three times a week?
Maybe Mom should tell the kids: Be careful what you wish for.
Read about celebrities who dealt with eating disorders.
This week 17-year-old British factory worker Stacey Irvine was rushed to the hospital when she
collapsed, struggling to breathe. During the exam, doctors were stunned to learn that Ms. Irvine
had never in her life eaten fruit or
vegetables; instead she had eaten almost nothing but fast-food chicken nuggets since she was two
Her mother, Evonne Irvine, told reporters she had gone to great lengths to try to feed her daughter
more nutritious food, at one point even trying to starve the girl, but it hadn’t worked. Stacey
responded that, once she started eating nuggets, she “loved them so much they were all I would eat.”
Learn to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
What’s so bad about nuggets?
They would be bad enough if they were merely chunks of chicken that had been breaded and deep-fried
in oil. One documentary describes McDonald's nuggets as chickens “stripped down to the bone, and
then 'ground up’ into a chicken mash, then combined with a variety of stabilizers and preservatives,
pressed into familiar shapes, breaded and deep fried, freeze dried, and then shipped to a McDonald’s
Aside from chicken and oil, those “stabilizers and preservatives” are said to include
dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone also used in cosmetics. Another additive is tertiary
butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a form of butane. According to one report, chicken is only about 50 percent
of a McNugget; the remainder is a mixture of corn-derived ingredients, sugars and synthetic substances.
If a four-piece serving of Chicken McNuggets carried a nutrition label, at first glance it wouldn’t
seem too scary: 190 calories, 12 grams of carbs and 12 grams of fat. But consider that more than half
of those calories (56 percent) are from fat—and protein accounts for a mere four percent. Add a
whopping 360 mg sodium, and its image as “the more nutritious fast-food snack” fades.
Read about 15 surprisingly healthy fast food picks.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Aside from collapsing and gasping for air, as Stacey Irvine did? Doctors also discovered that the
veins in Ms. Irvine’s tongue were swollen and she was diagnosed with anemia. Further, such a high
salt intake can increase a person’s blood pressure (which ultimately can put them at risk for a
stroke or heart attack).
McNuggets are low in nutrients everyone needs, such as calcium, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and
healthy fats, so a steady diet of nuggets means missing out on the health benefits of those ingredients
Chicken Nuggets: How bad are they?
Really bad. I love fast food but these things don't even taste good. They're pretty gross.