Just eat the damn nuggets. Why NUGGS are worse than fast-food.

Let’s break down the ingredients.

Textured Wheat Protein

This is a highly-processed ingredient that is made by separating the protein from the rest of the soybean.

Corn Flour

This is exactly what it sounds like- a flour made from dried and ground up corn.

Soybean Oil

This oil is made by heating soybeans at high temperatures or using chemicals like hexane to extract the oil.

Soy Protein Concentrate

This concentrate is made after the soybean is dehulled and defatted. The remaining protein is turned into this concentrate.

Wheat Flour

Wheat flour is flour made from wheat, known to be highly inflammatory due to it’s high lectin and gluten content.

Wheat Protein Isolate

Similar to the other proteins, this is extracted from wheat at high temperatures, separating the protein from the rest of the crop.

Overly processed ingredients including soy in vegan chicken nuggets NUGGS

Why are these bad?

Notice that all of these ingredients are made using wheat, corn, or soy, also known as “the big three”. It is no coincidence that these are the three most common ingredients in highly processed and unhealthy foods. They are the cheapest crops on the market and almost always genetically modified (GMO). In addition to being GMO crops, they are some of the top allergens.

Nutritional content of NUGGS vegan chicken nuggets

But they claim they kill you slower?

First of all, yikes. They are basically admitting these chicken nuggets are still going to kill you, just not as fast. NUGGS contain 13g of protein, 10g of fat, and are cholesterol free. While they may have more protein than a traditional chicken nugget, that does not mean the quality of the protein is better. Soy is a great source of protein if it is organic, but most soy is not. If it’s not organic, steer clear- it’s probably GMO and can have many detrimental health effects. Personally, I avoid soy whenever possible because of its high isoflavone content, a compound that is known to mimic estrogen. Anything that mimics estrogen can throw your hormones out of whack.


Overall, if you want chicken nuggets, just eat chicken nuggets. Obviously, there are good and bad options for eating chicken nuggets. You probably want to steer clear of any fast food chain that uses poor quality meat and these highly-processed vegan substitutes. Instead, go for the ones produced by Applegate, who uses humanely-raised chicken. Is this a perfect option? No. But they are a lot better than soy protein or nuggets made from traditionally-raised chicken. If you are willing to make your own, you can even pick up chicken tender meat from Grass Roots and cook up this healthy recipe.



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