Sometimes, at the end of a hectic day, a box of frozen chicken nuggets can be a parent's best friend. Just pop these in the oven, microwave some frozen veggies and pour a glass of milk to go along with them, and voila! Dinner is done in a few minutes.
But just how healthy are those convenient chicken nuggets? In a report released last week, Consumer Reports found that many brands rated high in taste are loaded with sodium and fat and provide little nutritional value. Some highlights from the report:
Consumer Reports also tested two soy imitation-chicken nuggets. While soy nuggests had a little more fiber (about 3 to 4 grams), they were loaded with sodium:
The bottom line for parents is that while chicken nuggets -- or meatless imitation chicken nuggets -- may be a quick, convenient dinner that kids like, parents need to keep an eye on the sodium and fat levels. We should also reserve them as a once-in-a-while quick dinner on the run, not make them a regular part of kids' diets.