The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released the Worst Fast Food Meal in the United States and the honor is going to fish chain Long John Silver’s. Long John Silver’s Big Catch Meal, which comes with a 7-8 ounce piece of fried Haddock, a side order of Hush Puppies and Onion Rings, weighs in at a whopping 33 grams of trans fat, an additional 19 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends that adults limit their consumption of trans fat to less than 2 grams a day and saturated fat to less than 16 grams per day.
The Center for Science and Public Interest did its own laboratory analysis of the Big Catch to produce the health information in the meal. Since Long John silver’s says that the meal is on the menu “temporarily” they are not required to release nutritional information about the content of the Big Catch. The Big Catch Meal is estimated to contain more than 1,300 calories. That is more calories than a McDonald’s Big Mac, Large Fries and Milkshake combined!
In a press release, CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said “Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea. 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”.
They further went on to say that when Long John Silver’s makes the claim that the meal contains 7-8 ounces of fresh Haddock that they are not being truthful. While the finished product may contain 7-8 ounces, up to 40% of that weight is batter and grease according to the independent tests done by the CSPI. Jacobson commented on the fish content saying, “Nutrition aside, that’s just plain piracy”.