Chicken nuggets: You won't believe what's in them, again
Chicken nuggets are a kid staple, but a new study reveals that only half of each nugget contains actual meat. Will kids care?
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It was looking good for Oliver as he put the carcass into the food processor and then strained the pink goop through a sieve.Skip to next paragraph
Lisa Suhay, who has four sons at home in Norfolk, Va., is a children’s book author and founder of the Norfolk (Va.) Initiative for Chess Excellence (NICE) , a nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth via mentoring and teaching the game of chess for critical thinking and life strategies.
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He mixed in chemicals and flavor boosters while explaining how gross and unhealthy it all was as he flattened the new “dough.”
Here’s where he lost them.
He took out a cookie cutter and popped out two “nuggets” which he dusted with bread crumbs and fried in oil.
While we have yet to invent smellavision, I could see it coming as soon as the kids inhaled the scent of salty, fatty, connective tissue and breadcrumbs frying.
Sadly, Oliver was blind-sided as he triumphantly pointed to the abomination that was turning a golden brown and said, “Now, who would still eat this?”
Without the slightest hesitation every hand shot into the air.
Oliver is so badly shocked that he keeps trying to get the kids to see the error asking, “Is that good food or bad food for you?”
Oliver: “Why would you still eat it if you know it’s bad?”
Boy #1: “Because we’re hungry.”
Boy #2: “I’m just hungry.”
Oliver tells the camera later on that no matter how rational we try to be with kids “we have brainwashed them to like it if it’s in that friendly little shape.”
Author Anna Lappé and the Food MythBusters project premiered their second short movie earlier this month exposing what they say is “the manipulative marketing machine parents are up against in their struggle to keep their kids healthy, calls on the food industry to own up to marketing’s role in driving the epidemic of diet-related diseases.”
“Big Food spends close to $2 billion every year telling kids and teens what’s cool to eat through advertising, promotions, and sponsorships,” according to Lappe’s press release. “Meanwhile, across the country, fast-food chains are crowding out grocery stores and supermarkets, narrowing the healthy food choices available.”
Seeing all this information makes the battle seem unwinnable for parents like me who too often succumb to the affordable and battle-free nuggets and burgers.
However, I think we can fight and win against these odds because history is on our side. Look at all the seemingly impossible odds that have been overcome against other ingrained, well-financed and insidious regimes.
Are we seriously going to tell ourselves that our nation could overcome slavery, the Great Depression, and child labor in sweat shops, but we can’t beat some clown with a nugget?
Parents shall overcome marketing and we will do it one child and one healthy meal choice at a time.