Long John Silvers is selling the worst meal in America!
Coming in at a whopping 1,320 calories, and with more trans fats than you should eat in two weeks, Long John Silver's Big Catch has been declared the "Worst Restaurant Meal in America" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
The non-profit organization that advocates for nutrition and health tested the popular fast-food restaurant meal, and found Long John Silver's offering to be the worst offender that they have encountered.
In addition to high caloric content, it had 19 grams of saturated fat, almost 3,700 milligrams of sodium and 33 grams of trans fats. The meal includes fried fish, hush puppies and a side of onion rings.
"Long John Silver's Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea," CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said in a press release. "This company is taking perfectly healthy fish -- and entombing it in a thick crust of batter and partially hydrogenated oil. The result? A heart attack on a hook. Instead of the Big Catch, I'd call it America's Deadliest Catch."
The deceptively "healthy" fish may also throw off consumers. Long John Silver's website claims the haddock offered in the meal is 7 to 8 ounces of 100 percent fish. However, once CSPI pulled off the batter, they discovered the fish part was actually just 4.5 ounces and the fried part was 3 ounces of trans fats.
"It's more like 60 percent haddock, and 40 percent batter and grease," Jacobson said. "Nutrition aside, that's just plain piracy."
Other lab tests revealed that the meal's other components had much higher trans fats than the company's nutritional information listed. The onion rings were listed at 7 grams of trans fat, but CSPI's test revealed they had 19.5 grams of trans fat.
Saturated fat has been linked to chronic disease including coronary heart disease, and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that less than 10 percent of daily calories come from this source.
Sodium or salt content has been linked to high blood pressure.