Nando's want to know where a chicken nugget comes from... and so do the rest of the world?!?
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Nando’s have released a new funny Advert which is going viral, but also making people rethink what they eat!


Johannesburg, South Africa (24 February 2020) – Nando’s want to know what part of the chicken does a nugget come from… and so do the rest of the world?!?

In a new viral video released on their social media platforms and radio, the South African restaurant chain calls a rival fast-food chicken outlet to ask them that very question.

The caller askes the rival fast-food outlet, “What part of the chicken a nugget comes from?”… and it’s clear that the woman answering the phone has no idea where a nugget actually comes from.

The conversation will leave you laughing and then thinking about what a Chicken Nugget actually is.

Listen to the new advert below:

So what is a chicken nugget? Is it the “bum” part of the chicken?

Chicken nuggets are generally regarded as fatty, unhealthy food.

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine analysed the composition of chicken nuggets from two different American fast-food chains. The study found that less than half of the material was skeletal muscle with fat occurring in equal or greater quantities. Other components included epithelial tissue, bone, nervous tissue and connective tissue. The authors concluded that “Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer.”

And where did they come from?

The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work.

This bite-sized piece of chicken, coated in batter and then deep-fried was called the “Chicken Crispie” by Baker and his associates. Baker’s innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. Common problems the meat industry were facing at the time of this invention were being able to hold ground meat together without skin and producing a batter that could handle being both deep-fried and frozen without coming off of the desired meat. Baker was able to solve both problems by first coating the meat in vinegar, salt, grains, and milk powder to make it hold together and secondly using an egg and grain-based batter that was able to be fried as well as frozen.

But I love chicken nuggets… what now?

All manufacturers (of chicken nuggets) must legally declare the percentage of chicken on the pack. Look for those that have the highest percentage of chicken for your best option.

Or like Nando’s are trying to say: Know your food. Know what it is made of and rather eat the best quality, freshly prepared ‘treat that body right’ food.

Sources: Nando’s | American Journal of Medicine | Wikipedia 
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