CHICKEN nuggets bought from the supermarket contain only 41 per cent meat, an investigation by The Sun has found.
Hearty Food Co chicken nuggets sold at Tesco, which costs 89p for a pack of 20, have been revealed to contain the least amount of meat at just 41 per cent.
The remaining 59 per cent is pumped with ingredients like water, starch and preservatives to fill them out.
We took a closer look at the ingredients in supermarket chicken nuggets from Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
Don’t be fooled by the “100 per cent chicken breast” stamped across the packaging because we found that even the meatiest ones contained just 63 per cent poultry.
Of course, chicken nuggets won’t ever be made entirely from meat – you need the wheat and breadcrumb coating to make the outside crispy.
It turns out that there are no Government guidelines for the minimum amount of meat that should be in a chicken nugget, unlike sausages that require 32 per cent pork.
Tesco’s nuggets were followed by Asda Smart Price bites which only contain 44 per cent meat and are padded out with ingredients like potato starch and corn fibre.
Just over half of Bird’s Eye nuggets are made with chicken (51 per cent) despite being the most expensive to buy at £6.56 per kilogram, compared to the cheapest – Asda Smart Price which cost £2.78 per kilogram.
Morrisons own brand nuggets contains the same amount of chicken as Birds Eye’s but also costs almost half the price at £3.15 per kilogram.
Of course, the price difference is also partly down to how many nuggets are in a pack, with 22 in Birds Eye and 60 for Morrisons.
Five supermarket nuggets contain 60 per cent meat, which is the second highest amount of chicken we found, including ones from Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Iceland.
Out of these packets, Sainsbury’s frozen nuggets are the best value for money because they are the cheapest per kilogram at £3.33, compared to the £4.45 per kilogram for Tesco’s.
Posh, chilled nuggets from Sainsbury’s were found to be the meatiest nuggets and are made up of 63 per cent chicken.
But you’ll be paying for the privilege – at £8 per kilogram they’re the most expensive ones that we looked at.
A spokesperson from Asda pointed out that a chicken nugget is made up of more than just the meat to “give them shape and tasty flavour” and that the content is clearly labelled on every pack.
A Tesco spokesperson added that the supermarket welcomes customer feedback to help improve products further.
Sainsbury’s did not wish to comment, while Birds Eye, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland are yet to get back to us.
You may also be shocked to know that our supermarket burger may only contain 62 per cent meat – the other 38 per cent is packed with water, onion and flour.
Tesco’s basic fish fingers actually have more cod in them than Birds Eye and Young’s – and they’re half the price.
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