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They were invented because Americans were scared of red meat
They were invented because Americans were scared of red meat
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In the ’50s and ’60s, more Americans than ever were suffering from heart attacks – and doctors were finally getting a clue that saturated fats and red meat might be a factor. For a burger restaurant like McDonald’s, that meant sales were dropping. To bring back consumers, the fast food chain started working on chicken items to round out its beef-forward menu, according to Time. The result: chicken nuggets.

 

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