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chickenThat stuff is actually what your chicken” nugget looks like before it gets breaded and fried up into perfect, little, pop-in-your-mouth packages. Slowly, but surely, little tykes are learning exactly what goes into those tasty tidbits. Jamie Oliver shocked kids last season on Jamie’s Food Revolution with a front-row view. (Sadly, a few kids still liked the way the chicken tasted.) Who doesn’t?! But there’s nothing in these treats that is actually meant to be eaten. Knowing that chicken nuggets are really smashed up bits of chicken feet, bones, gizzards, and other non-palatable parts: Do you really want to eat that gunk? Off your own kids’ plate? We think not. And really it takes only 30 minutes to make real chicken fingers.

UPDATE: There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this (provocative) photo and we want to do our due dilligence.

According to Tom Super, Director of Media Outreach for the American Meat Institute, “Poultry is sometimes mechanically separated and when it is, the resulting product is called mechanically separated poultry (MSP). It is NOT true, however, that this is how chicken nuggets are commonly made. The vast majority do not contain MSP.” He adds, “Some processed meat products, like hot dogs and lunch meat, do contain MSP and this is stated on the ingredient label by law. This process is regulated and inspected by USDA, and if used, is included in the ingredient statement.”

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