Nowadays, chicken nuggets are starting to gain a foothold in today’s generations. It is tasty; we can give them that. It probably is one of their favorite dishes. Your children might even pester you to buy them on a regular basis. But, are they healthy? Should you go along with their wishes?
Chicken nuggets are basically breaded and fried chicken. On its own, it could neither be called healthy nor could it be called unhealthy. Your kid could have ended up with a far worse choice for his/her favorite food. The chicken is a source of vitamin-B and supplementing this with whole grain and some veggies, could actually be a part of a healthy diet.
But, chicken nuggets that are not home-made has a wide range of other stuff added as ingredients to increase its flavor and to preserve it for a long time. These are not exactly what you call healthy. But, you can choose to make your nuggets. Not only are they healthy, but you also know all the ingredients that are present in it, which couldn’t be said for things bought outside.
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You might want to know what the major nutrients present in it are. They are listed below.
- Calories: 280
- Total Fat: 18 grams (27% of the daily recommended dose for an adult)
- Saturated Fat: 3 grams
- Sodium: 540 milligrams (23% of the daily recommended dose for an adult)
The calories and fats seem to be present in a reasonable amount, right? Not too much of fat and not too less of the calories. But, what about the other nutrients? There is a serious lack of other essential components that our body needs like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibers and healthy fats. This means that you are not getting much worth out of your money.
To add to this, a fast food center in 2003, promoted their chicken nuggets as now using “all white meat”. But, what were they using before then? Has all other fast food establishments changed to “all white meat”? There are a lot of unknowns here, and the food is not something where we should take risks.
So, should you or should you not?
As the phrase goes, “Too much of anything is good for nothing”. Most processed chicken nuggets should be consumed in a limited quantity. They tend to reduce one’s appetite without giving much in return. They also have very high levels of preservatives. If your kids are not happy with the constraints, then try to home cook them. It will reduce the number of ingredients in the dish while increasing the nutrients.