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Most chicken nuggets are loaded with sodium

May 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
With claims like "whole grain," "100 percent all natural" and "organic," chicken nuggets might seem like a more nutritious meal for your kids than their other favorite foods, but Consumer Reports says don't be fooled."We evaluated 14 brands of nuggets, along with McDonald's Chicken Nuggets. Almost all of them were not very nutritious," said Consumer Reports' Urvashi Rangan.

Kids who taste-tested the chicken nuggets for Consumer Reports found the Tyson brand to be pretty yummy, but the white meat chicken pieces got negative reviews when it came to nutrition.

"Yes, the ingredients are all natural, but the Tyson nuggets were among the highest in fat and calories, just about matching McDonald's," said Rangan.

Most of the nuggets are loaded with sodium, including the two soy-based ones, Boca Original Meatless Chik'n Nuggets and MorningStar Farms Chik'n Nuggets.

"One brand of nuggets did score very good for nutrition, Health is Wealth. But it didn't do very well for taste," said Rangan.

And you have to pay attention to serving size, which is usually four to six nuggets.

"Older kids and adults can eat a lot more, which means they'll be getting a lot more sodium and fat than what's listed on the nutrition panel," said Rangan.

If you are going to indulge your kids, a side salad and some fruit could help make for a more nutritionally balanced meal.


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