BE CAREFUL before serving up those packaged frozen nuggets to your kids - make sure to check the back of the package for these ingredients.
“Chicken” Anything listed other than “whole chicken breasts” as the number one ingredient is cause for alarm including “Chicken” or “Chicken meal” which means the meat can come from ANYWHERE on the chicken (that means blood, tendons, and all sorts of other places ground up and stuffed back together).
MSG Sources MSG can be labeled on an ingredient list, but is also disguised under a variety of different names. Some pseudonyms include hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate. The data on MSG is still hazy, but it's been known to cause headaches, GI trouble and fatigue.
Water Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against water, but we generally reserve it for drinking, steaming or boiling. Referred to in the industry as “plumping” “enhancing” or “injecting,” many commercially produced chicken nuggets include up to 25% water to increase their weight, without giving your kids the protein they need.
Sugar We understand that a pinch of sugar might be needed to ensure yeast has something to eat in the process of making bread - but the quantities of sugar added to many nuggets goes way beyond enough to create fluffy bread. What’s sugar doing in your nugget? Your kids get plenty of sugar outside your classroom - check for sugar, glucose, dextrose and corn syrup as ways that manufacturers hide sugar under another name.
Heavily Processed These chemicals don't grow in your backyard, and manufacturers add them to all sorts of foods. To quote Jay Williams and his article in the HuffPost: "Why, you ask? It’s the same processed food story. Additives make the product cheaper and tastier, and they give it a longer shelf life. It’s about business, not health.” Look for ingredients like soy isolate, sodium phosphate, extractives of paprika (or other spices), oils that are partially hydrogenated, or cheese/onion/garlic flavor - and stay clear.
What are in your chicken nuggets? If you have the label check it out.
If you don't know what's in your nuggets - it's time to call your vendor and find out.
In the words of Curnonsky "food that tastes of what it is"