On Chicken Nuggets and Nutrition
Chicken nuggets taste good. That’s an understatement. They are a marvel of food engineering made to directly push the buttons of the food-desire centers of our brains. They are arguably one of the tastiest things ever invented, and possibly one of the unhealthiest food that one can consume. I just saw an ad on television for Tyson chicken nuggets. And it was, of course, aimed directly at parents and, by extension, their children. There were children in the ad eating them and smiling and I couldn’t help but think to myself, why would any half-nutritionally-conscious parent ever give their child something like that to eat.
Sure, they are tasty and easy and there are a myraid of dipping sauces to accompany the golden nuggety goodness, but they are so bad for you! And they are marketing them directly to children!
So I comment on this to my wife and she suggest what alternative is there for a parent whose kid won’t eat anything? So I postulated that perhaps the child wouldn’t have acquired a taste for chicken nuggets if the parents hadn’t given them to the child in the first place?
And so the topic came up of what did people do when their kids didn’t like what was offered to them before there were chicken nuggets? Invented in the 1950s but first introduced to the American public in 1980, we were raised, for the most part, as children who didn’t know chicken nuggets. What did we eat before then? I guess we ate whatever was put in front of us. Our parents were, for the most part, children of depression-era parents who likely made sure they ate what was available, but as the generations went on, things changed we moved further and further away from that mindset.
Now we have super cheap, super-not-very-healthy food choices that may be on sale for $3.99 for a three pound bag of chicken nuggets. It baffles the mind the number of choices we have available to us and yet none of them are terribly healthy for us. I’ve been trying to cook most or all of the food I eat and as much work as that is, I think I do feel better for it. At the least, I can say that I’m taking in fewer chemicals than before.
So here’s to making your own food, but sometimes I just crave that golden, delicious chicken nugget.