Nuggs are the tastiest vegan chicken nuggets out there. They are made from scalable nutrition technology, and contain no actual chicken. They also contain a lot of healthy nutrients.
The founder of the company, Ben Pasternak, is a tech entrepreneur who received venture capital funding for his first iOs app at 15. He’s positioned Nuggs as a technological feat and treats new versions like software updates.
The protein in nuggs is a healthy source of energy and can help with weight loss. However, it is important to eat a variety of foods in order to get all the nutrients you need. Ensure you are getting enough vitamin B12, iron, and calcium to maintain a balanced diet. Ensure you are also eating enough whole foods to avoid excess sodium and added sugars.
The Nuggs team works in a surprisingly casual office on a newly fashionable strip of New York City’s lower Broadway. The open-plan space has a test kitchen replete with graduated cylinders, bins of white powders, and countertop sous-vide cookers. Two of the five engineers who spend their days poking and prodding the simulated chicken in the nuggets tell me that they have tested hundreds of iterations.
The B3 vitamin niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is another key ingredient in nuggs. It helps your body convert carbs into energy and reduces the risk of high cholesterol. It also boosts your metabolism and helps your body produce serotonin.
The founder of Simulate, the company behind nuggs, is a tech entrepreneur who launched his first iOs app at the tender age of 14. That background has helped give the plant-based products their Silicon Valley aesthetic.
To make the simulated nuggets as close to chicken as possible, the company tweaks the recipe often. It’s a bit like software updates: the latest version, Nuggs 2.0, includes fixes and improvements—like eliminating monosodium glutamate and reducing sodium content by more than 65%. You can read the full release notes on their website.
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient that contributes to normal red blood cell production and to the maintenance of methyl groups in the DNA. Deficiency of vitamin B12 is associated with anemia, especially pernicious anemia. Adequate intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy is important for neural myelination and brain development and prevention of low birth weight in infants.
The forms of vitamin B12 in foods and supplements are cyanocobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin (methylcobalamin). The body converts cyanocobalamin into the active form of vitamin B12, methylcobalamin.
Minerals perform many important functions, such as building strong bones and teeth, regulating hormones, cellular metabolism, and transmitting nerve impulses. Some of the minerals found in nuggs include magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Magnesium helps in protein production and healthy immune system regulation while phosphorus helps in cellular metabolic activities, blood glucose levels regulation and the absorption of calcium.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is found in many multivitamin and mineral supplements that can be bought at supermarkets, health food shops and pharmacies without a prescription. We have received adverse event reports suggesting that Vitamin B6 may cause peripheral neuropathy, which is a tingling, burning or numbness in your hands and feet.
This water-soluble nutrient, which converts to the coenzyme pyridoxal 5′ phosphate in the body, performs many important functions, including helping to produce hemoglobin that carries oxygen in red blood cells; helps the body get energy from food; acts as a natural painkiller; boosts mood; and enhances immune function.
Epidemiological studies have found that people with higher pyridoxal 5′ phosphate blood levels have a reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Vitamin B6 is also needed to make melatonin, which regulates the internal clock and helps us fall asleep at night.
Vitamin B2, or riboflavin, is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays a role in several body functions. It helps the body to break down food and use energy, promotes healthy eyesight and red blood cell production, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells and DNA from damage.
The engineers at Simulate spend their days poking and prodding the nuggets, measuring and tracking small changes to the texture, cohesiveness and springiness of each iteration. They compare the process to software development, and like the updates on a computer system, each new version comes with release notes that describe improvements and fixes.
Riboflavin is found in meat, dairy foods and many vegetable products. It is also available as a supplement. The recommended daily intake of riboflavin is about 200 mg per day.