24. Chicken nuggets
What kid (or adult) doesn’t love their chicken nuggies? The Wall Street Journal once said “few foods are as unhealthy and insidious as the chicken nugget,” for good reason.
50 to 60% of calories in a nugget comes from fat alone, thanks to all the breading and deep-frying and fillers and fats that go into its processing.
White meat, dark meat and chicken skin get ground together to form a sort of pink sludge, while fillers help the stuff retain its shape so it can get breaded and dunked in boiling oil.
Make your own homemade breaded tenders instead — slice your chicken breast into strips, give them a good breading with bread crumbs and flour and then pan fry the chicken on the stove.
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