Examining fast food and frozen chicken nugget products has led to the discovery that much of the nuggets consist of 50% or less chicken muscle tissue, which is the breast or thigh meat that most of think of when we think of chicken. Researchers found that the other half of the nugget consists of fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage and bone. Companies have decided to use a more cost efficient approach to making their products by using a mixture of chicken parts instead of using just the meat. In the end, much of these nugget brands are composed of a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat, and then fried. The innocent chicken nuggets that many consumers have fed their families, is now exposed as mystery meat as well as an unhealthy product. Be sure to check the nutrition labels and information before purchasing these and other products to be sure of what you are buying.