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What’s In McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets?

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Ever wonder what exactly is in a chicken McNugget?

 McDonald’s of Canada is inviting folks on a video tour that shows the making of a McNugget, trying to debunk the rumor of "pink goo."

Jeanne Moos reports the fast food giant isn't chicken when it comes to taking on a misleading photo.

How do we get from this to this?

Irresistible little asteroids of battered chicken, mysterious in their origin.

"Do they just throw a whole chicken in a blender and make McNuggets?"

Even more disturbing: the pink elephant in the room.

"What are legitimately in McNuggets? Is there pink goop?"

This pink goop -- a photograph that has snaked around the internet with the caption, "can you guess what McDonalds food item this is."

It’s said to be the entire chicken -- eyes, guts, bones ground up into something called mechanically separated poultry.

Not us, says McDonalds.

"Photo hoax."

But, pink goo won't go away.

"For years McDonalds has been trying to kill this photo."

...and now, McDonalds of Canada has taken the goo by the horns, directly addressing the question in a super bowl commercial seen only in Canada.

"What’s actually in nuggets? Is there any pink goop?"

Nope. Nada. None.

McDonalds wants you to see what's in their McNuggets, so they've released a video tour.

Starting with whole chickens, the breast meat is set aside to make McNuggets.

"...dumping it into the grinder and adding the ground chicken breast meat to the blender with some seasonings and some chicken skin."

That’s pretty much it: ground up breast meat.

"Here’s pink goo image, and here's what we actually have, so it's very different."

Yeah, beige goo. Just kidding.

Two independent food science experts told c-n-n that McDonalds seems to be giving the straight scoop, though of course, there's nothing healthy about all the fat and salt in McNuggets.

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