The boiler in your apartment stops working, you're going through a bad breakup, you're feeling under the weather; no matter the situation, we've always got chicken nuggets to keep us company. Whether we're talking the grocery store fare that's ready to go in a matter of minutes, or the glorious McDonald's Chicken McNuggets that can turn any bad day into a good one, you've got a lot of options for pieces of chicken breast coated in crispy batter.
If it was up to me, I would spend every waking moment of my life (and quite a few sleeping ones) guzzling down on chicken nuggets, but I'd also like to live longer than 35 years. As effectively little pieces of fried chicken sold as fast food, we've been told how chicken nuggets are pretty bad for our health. But what if the doctors and nutritionists weren't totally accurate? Here are just a few ways in which chicken nuggets are actually good for your health.
1. They're chock full of protein
Chicken nuggets, like all forms of chicken, are one of the best sources of protein out there, and that means that chicken nuggets are great after workouts for helping you to recover from injuries and building muscle growth. Now, you can head to the gym with a nice Sharebox of Chicken McNuggets, and when people ask you to share, you can explain that it's absolutely vital to your workout.
2. They can help you lose weight
Yes, exactly the opposite of what you initially believed! As we've already mentioned, chicken nuggets are super high in protein, and there are many protein diets out there that have been proven to help people lose weight. Like the Atkins diet, for example. Unfortunately, this idea only works if you're having the protein without the carbs, so fries are out of the question. No worries, though; you can just replace your fries with more nuggets. Genius!
3. They can reduce your risk of cancer
While it's common knowledge that red meats (especially processed ones) can increase your risk of cancer, there's no such risk with white meats like chicken, which you'll notice is the main ingredient in chicken nuggets. In fact, white meat contains niacin, which is a B vitamin that's pretty useful in fighting the disease.
4. It's a natural anti-depressant
I don't know about you, but when I take that first bite of my box of Chicken McNuggets, a wave of happiness goes through my body, and it's like all my problems have melted away. Science says that's not entirely down to the nugget's decadent taste; chicken is rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, which helps to boost the production of the feel-good hormone serotonin in your brain. So whenever you're sad, just cry over a box of Chicken McNuggets. It's science.
5. They improve your eyesight
Did you know that your chicken nuggets could help to cure blindness! Well, not really, but they do have tons of retinol, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lycopene, and all of these chemicals can benefit your eyesight in all kinds of ways.
Well folks, there you have it! Chicken nuggets have got somewhat of a bad rep, but if you harness them in the correct way in your diet, then you should see an all-round improvement in your health. All with the power of nuggs!