Everything You Should Know About Chicken McNuggets

crispy chicken with sauce

It’s always hard to resist a piece of Chicken McNuggets – so crispy, delicate, and soft! It seems a good option in any fast food restaurant – the piece of pure protein with no bread. But is it really good? What’s inside our favorite nuggets? Everything you strive to know about this dish is here.

Nutrition details

Per an average portion size of Chicken McNuggets (6 pieces), you’ll get 280 calories, consisting of 18 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbs, and only 13 grams of protein. Still confident that this is a protein-packed food? Something more to upset you – by eating that, your body receives 540 of sodium and a tiny gram of healthy dietary fiber.

The situation changes even for worse if you finish your nuggets with a sauce. Then, you’ll receive 330 calories with the same amount of fat, protein, and fiber but more carbs (29 grams) and sugar (10 grams). Even less healthy than before!


How McDonald’s achieves such a weird food composition for a poultry dish? Of course, because of the recipe. So, can you guess the number of ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets? Bet you won’t succeed in this – we found at least 20! Among them, there are some obvious ones we guessed – white boneless chicken, salt, water, wheat, baking soda, and vegetable oil. But what about botanicals, yellow corn flour, dextrose, modified food starch, and safflower oil? Yummy! The other words are even harder to imagine – dimethylpolysiloxane, sodium phosphates, autolyzed yeast extract, sodium acid pyrophosphate, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, monocalcium phosphate (I guess you didn’t read all these words – even my mind resists these strange words, so I simply type with no attempt to understand them). Try to find these ingredients in the supermarket, and tell us the result!

The Sauce

To make the piece of processed meat delicious for both kids and adults, smiling staff will surely offer you a sauce. So, let’s take a look at this supplement too as we started this frustrating journey into a dark world of nuggets. Let’s look closer at it. For Tangy Barbecue sauce, caring cookers will mix for you high-fructose corn syrup, water, tomato paste, grape vinegar, soy sauce (just water, wheat, soybeans, and salt) and spices. Sounds rather safe, ha? But don’t be relieved too early – the rest ingredients include food starch-modified, dextrose, xanthan gum, caramel color, cellulose gum, malic acid, sodium benzoate, and succinic acid. I bet your home-prepared barbecue sauce is much simpler and natural comparing to this! Maybe, you should consider bringing your own one to McDonald’s?

Are you really chicken, Chicken McNuggets?

If you really think about bringing your sauce to the restaurant, take some poultry with you too! Don’t be surprised – Chicken McNuggets is not actually chicken (at least, the fact that they are nuggets raises no doubt). From its nutritional composition, it is evident that this fast food dish has a strange protein to kilocalories ratio. While the normal for chicken is 0.2 protein to kcal ratio, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets have 0.046 protein to kcal one, which can mean only the one thing – chicken is not the primary ingredient in the recipe. Sad, but logical!

Another alarming fact is that the dish is mostly fat – 57 percent of all the calories! How they managed this? We know the answer – with the help of hydrogenated soybean oil! Known as a trans-fat container, this strange ingredient is probably one of the major ingredients in the recipe for a delicious meal.

Maybe, it’s time for rebranding – not Chicken McNuggets but Soybean Oil McNuggets? They won’t be so popular – but that’ll be honest, at least.

Wait, you mean here that McConald’s Chicken McNuggets is dangerous?

If you’re not afraid of ingredients’ names and don’t mind some extra portion of soybean oil, let’s put it straightforward – Chicken McNuggets are toxic because of dimethylpolysiloxane. This piece of silicon is still on American lunch tables – while British people forbid even its appearance elsewhere. Why being so radical? Because people use it to make contact lenses, medical devices, shampoos, and breast implants!

OK, you may deny this by referring to the recent news from McDonald’s that they removed dimethylpolysiloxane from the recipe (so kind!) Do you believe them? Remember, they didn’t change the name to Soybean Oil McNuggets to claim their honesty!

And what about sodium aluminum phosphate? Are you really that kind of person fond of eating your oven rack to add some metal flavor to a cherry pie? And the rest of strange words – do you know their meaning, are you sure that’s good for you to eat something you can’t pronounce and imagine?

So, yes, we mean exactly that. Chicken McNuggets is not made of poultry, not protein-packed, not healthy. It’s toxic, cheating, and dangerous. But why they look so nice and innocent? Every time you see the dish, it’s hard to deny that it looks like being bathed in a golden honey! Sorry, that’s only the appearance. You can still have some and forget about what we’ve written here – but at least, we warned you.

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