Research group calls Long John Silver’s meal worst in America

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Long John Silver's Big Catch Meal. Image courtesy: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Long John Silver's Big Catch Meal. Image courtesy: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Long John Silver's Big Catch Meal. Image courtesy: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Long John Silver’s Big Catch Meal. The portion of haddock in the meal, advertised as 7 to 8 ounces, is actually 4½ ounces, the CSPI said, with the rest being breading or oil. (Clare Politano / Center for Science in the Public Interest / July 2, 2013)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest declared what it considers the worst restaurant meal in America Tuesday.

The designation goes to Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal with hush puppies and onion rings.

The main reason is CSPI researchers found the meal has 33 grams of trans fat — “The most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply, according the center’s website.

“On top of that, the meal has another 19 grams of saturated fat, which also promotes heart disease, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium, which promotes high blood pressure and stroke,” the CSPI says.

You can find plenty of fast-food meals with more calories–the Big Catch has 1,320–but the researchers’ is the amount of trans fat in this meal.

The American Heart Association recommends people limit themselves to about two grans of trans fat per day.

The trans fat in the Big Catch, the CSPI said, comes from partially hydrogenated frying oil.

Louisville-based Long John Silver’s says the Big Catch is a temporary addition to the menu that it will offer through July or until supplies run out. The company also says customers can choose other sides besides hush puppies and onion rings. Those include corn, green beans, rice and cole slaw.

The center also claims the restaurant chain’s website overstate the amount of fish in the Big Catch. Long John Silver’s says the fish is 7 to 8 ounces; the CSPI says it’s 4 1/2 ounces with the rest being breading or oil.

“We stand behind our published food data and will review any requests from CSPI that raise questions about our data,” the company’s statement said, according to a report in the L.A. Times.

See the CSPI’s full report here

AlertMe