Chicken Nugget Drawbacks

Chicken nuggets are some of the most popular foods with young children. Consumer Reports took a closer look at more than a dozen kinds of chicken nuggets, including some heavily advertised ones.

The commercial says, "I hate meatloaf, pasta."

Tyson is targeting kids and parents with this ad for their chicken nuggets.

Consumer Reports had kids taste-test lots of chicken nuggets. Most found them to be yummy.

You might think chicken nuggets are nutritious, with claims like "Whole Grain," "100% All Natural," and "Organic." But Consumer Reports Urvashi Rangan says don't be fooled.

"We evaluated 14 brands of nuggets, along with McDonald's Chicken Nuggets. Almost all of them were not very nutritious." said Rangan.

Including those Tyson Chicken Nuggets touted in the ad...

Rangan says, "Yes, the ingredients are all natural, but the Tyson nuggets were among the highest in fat and calories, just about matching McDonald's."

And most of the nuggets are loaded with sodium, including the two soy-based ones, Boca Original Meatless Chik'n Nuggets and MorningStar Farms Chik'n Nuggets.

Rangan says, "One brand of nuggets did score a very good for nutrition, Health is Wealth. But it didn't do very well for taste."

And you have to pay attention to serving size. It's usually four to six nuggets.

Rangan says, "Older kids and adults can eat a lot more, which means they'll be getting a lot more sodium and fat than what's listed on the nutrition panel."

So while you child may thank you for the nuggets, serving them with a salad and some fruit on the side will make for a more nutritionally balanced meal.

Consumer Reports says it's important to cook chicken nuggets thoroughly to avoid serious food-borne illness. Heat chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Worth noting-frozen chicken nuggets are not always precooked, so you need to take particular care preparing those.


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