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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:02 PM
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Chicken nuggets are 53% chicken...the 'extra parts' of retired egg layers - Yum!
Edited on Thu May-05-11 08:04 PM by Liberal_in_LA
CLEVELAND -- What actually goes into the chicken nuggets that are found in your child's kids meals?

Are chicken nuggets in your kids' meals every time you hit the drive-thru or take them out for dinner? Have you ever wondered how healthy they really are?

It all starts on a chicken farm.

Usually, only retired egg layers are destined for nuggets, since their meat is cheap. Tendons, tissue, cartilage, organs, and other chicken extras are ground up into a fine poultry paste. It's typically washed with ammonia to kill bacteria and treated with an artificial flavoring.

"We basically looked at the nuggets like these and determined that they're 53 percent meat," said Dr. Bruce Hemming, a microbiologist with Microbe Inotech Laboratories.

What about the rest of the nugget?

"Breading and other components make up the coating of the nugget," Hemming said. "The big issue is the nutritional content here."

A nutritionist describes a chicken nugget as "half chicken, half nugget, more than half fat."

http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/188543/7/Just-what-exactly-is-in-those-chicken-nuggets
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:05 PM
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1. It's nice that the meat is used rather than wasted in landfills.
I hate it when I read about the wastage of perfectly good meat, just because it isn't a prime rib or something.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:12 PM
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5. That it is. eom
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:08 PM
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2. "Parts is parts" like the old Wendy's commercial said
I don't eat at Wendy's either.
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:17 PM
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16. What's it made from?


Customer: Excuse me, but what was that in there?
Counter Worker: It's chicken!
Customer: Chicken?
Counter Worker: Processed.
Customer: Processed?
Counter Worker: That's like when they take a lot of chickens and assemble the respective parts.
Customer: Parts? What parts?
Counter Worker: What parts?
Other Worker: Different parts.
Counter Worker: Parts is parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_oem9BqUTI
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:11 PM
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3. Ugh.
Sick.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:12 PM
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4. Glad I'm a vegetarian and don't eat that crap. n/t
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:14 PM
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7. Well, pin a rose on you!
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:59 PM
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10. Me too!! And, I wear that pin proudly,
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Liquorice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:03 PM
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12. Yep, I'm so glad I'm a vegan. That stuff is so gross and barbaric. nt
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:07 PM
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14. Yep.
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:04 PM
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13. It's a simple choice that keeps giving outstanding returns, isn't it?
:thumbsup:
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hugo_from_TN Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:04 PM
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24. Me too!
Although the 'progressives' here at DU will now jump all over you.
DU Slogans:
Lower Greenhouse gases (as long as we can still eat meat)!
Protect innocent animals (except those we eat)!
blah blah blah
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:15 PM
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27. I'm glad you are. More meat and 'parts' for the rest of us. nt
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:13 PM
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6. Retired egg layers aren't chicken?
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moparlunatic Donating Member (48 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:20 PM
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8. Meh big deal
That aint the worst thing I've put into my body. Chicken nuggets is yummy.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:54 PM
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9. Tendons, tissue, cartilage, organs, and other chicken extras are ground up into a fine poultry paste
From the article and in the OP.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:08 PM
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15. In a survival course I ate worms, maggots, bugs, whole roasted mice.....
Anything that contained calories and wouldn't kill me.

Get hungry enough and rat meat looks like prime rib......
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:32 PM
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20. Well, I grew up poor on a farm and as my grandmother used to say... we eat everything
except the beak. But clearly, both you and I were informed about what we were eating.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:51 PM
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23. Yep. Everything is food......
In a natural setting we are too, after we shuffle off the mortal coil.....Only fair to be food for maggots and bugs and the occasional coyote.......

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Rozlee Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:16 PM
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28. Well, according to the guy that wrote "Eat This, Not That,"
Hamburger joints use hamburger meat that includes hooves. They buy that god-awful beef mixture from a commercial beef factory that uses that same ammonia treatment that the chicken processing does. With that in mind, I don't see why that don't toss in the beak too.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:01 PM
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11. Longer term animal abuse is tastier, I guess.
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Monk06 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:18 PM
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17. Chicken Mc Nuggets are just Haggis without the bagpipes N/T
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:27 PM
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19. Well...
:rofl:

NOW WE'RE TALKIN'!!!!
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:21 PM
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18. They sound like hot dogs. nt
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:32 PM
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21. Its easier to make them yourself at home....from thin breast strips....
Edited on Thu May-05-11 09:36 PM by Historic NY
its better than meat & meat by products. Make a big tray and freeze them. As an up tick find some wooden BBQ shi ka bob sticka & make chicken strips on a stick....kids will go crazy for them.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:37 PM
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22. This is the mainstay of the US school lunch program!
It is on our lunch menu EVERY DAY and it is all some kids eat for lunch EVERY DAY.

I know this because I have friggin' lunch duty EVERY DAY.

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hugo_from_TN Donating Member (895 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 10:09 PM
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25. Switch those kids to grains, veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts. etc.
They don't need to eat that crap or any other meat products.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:13 PM
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26. Agree.
I am hoping that the new school lunch guidelines will do just that. They don't take effect until 2012-13 and there will be tons of complaining about them.
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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 08:18 PM
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29. Chick-Fil- A has the best and their made from real chunks of breast.
I don't care for the processed crap.
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