Eating Chicken Nuggets Increases the Risk of Early Death, According to Study

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Life has its fair share of little luxuries, whether that’s a hot bubble bath at the end of a long day at work, or indulging in a large glass of red wine with your feet up on the couch. But nothing comes close to delving into a box of twenty chicken nuggets – now that’s luxury… or is that just me?

But this luxury may be short-lived after a recent study has found that our beloved chicken nuggets may, in fact, increase the risk of early death.

Before the entire world loses its mind, I’m here to look further into this matter. So read on before you throw the nuggets in the trash for good.

First things first: a little history into the famous nug. The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food scientist professor at Cornell University.

The chicken nugget is a bite-size piece of chicken coated in batter and deep-fried. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, really.

A big thanks to the fast food King that is Mcdonald’s for making the chicken nugget what it is today. Chicken McNugget picnic, anyone?

Well, perhaps it’s time to think again.

Believe it or not, our beloved nuggets appear to be doing some pretty nasty stuff to our insides.

Scientists found that the heavy consumption of ultra-processed foods has strong links to heart disease, which can lead, ultimately, to an early death. Pretty scary stuff.

A ten percent increase in ultra-processed foods, such as the chicken nugget, resulted in a twelve percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease and a thirteen percent increased risk of coronary heart disease.

An association was found between the intake of unprocessed foods and a much lower risk of these diseases. Perhaps it’s time to swap the nuggets for a salad…

I don’t think I am…

It was found that consuming more than four servings of processed food a day correlated with a sixty-two percent increased risk of death from any cause, not just cardiovascular-related diseases.

It’s a no from me.

Researchers from The University of Navarra stated: “Improving diet based on adherence to minimally processed food has been shown to protect against chronic disease”.

The researchers go on to explain the importance of unprocessed foods: “Discouraging the consumption of ultra-processed foods; targeting products, taxation, and marketing restrictions on ultra-processed products; and promotion of fresh and minimally processed foods should be considered a part of health policy to improve global public health”.

Senior dietitian Victoria Taylor said: “The classification of ultra-processed foods used by the researchers is very broad and so there could be a number of reasons why these foods are being linked to increased risk to our health; for example, nutritional content, additives in food or other factors in a person’s life”.

Victoria Taylor said that a Mediterranean-style diet includes “plenty of minimally or unprocessed foods such as fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds, beans, lentils and wholegrains”. “This, along with exercising regularly and not smoking, has been shown to be beneficial for lowering risk of heart and circulatory disease”.

That doesn’t seem too bad

The point being stressed from this research is to make cut-backs and changes in our diets and lifestyles. Having chicken nuggets once a week rather than four times a week can make such a difference. Just kidding, you almost definitely shouldn’t be eating nuggets once a week every week.

Our health is so much more important than indulging on luxuries like fast food every day.

This includes foods such as burgers, pizza, ready-meals, and ice cream.

Small changes will not go unnoticed and your body will thank you for them. So there’s no need to mourn the loss of your chicken nugs just yet, just take a break from them… Ross and Rachel style.