It hasn’t even been seven months since the Center for Science in the Public Interest unveiled its annual list of most calorific, fat-fortified meals, but the CSPI was apparently so grossed out by a new menu item from Long John Silver’s that it couldn’t wait to include in next year’s round-up and has awarded it the title of Worst Restaurant Meal in America.
LJS’s Big Catch is a large slab of haddock, which the fast food chain describes as “3X Bigger,” though it’s only in the fine print that it clarifies what exactly it is three times larger than. “Compared to one piece Alaskan Pollock by weight,” reads the fine print, though that’s still pretty vague as far as we’re concerned.
Still, it’s fish. How unhealthy could it be, right? The company claims that each serving is 7 to 8 ounces of fish, but that’s apparently the pre-cooked weight, as the end result is about 4.5 ounces of fish encased in another 3 ounces of fried breading, says CSPI.
And of course the meal comes with fried hush puppies and onion rings. All three components of the meal are cooked in partially hydrogenated frying oil, which CSPI says is responsible for most of the 33 grams of trans fat found in the meal. That’s 16 times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily maximum intake of trans fat, or more than two weeks’ worth.
The organization also alleges that LJS is understating the trans fat in its online nutritional information. For example, the company claims the hush puppies have 3 grams of trans fat, but CSPI tests found 3.7 grams. You might consider that acceptable, but CSPI’s test of the onion rings showed a much larger discrepancy. The website states 7 grams of trans fat, while CSPI claims to have found 19.5 grams. Info for the fish in the Big Catch meal is not listed on the chain’s website as it’s a temporary menu item, but CSPI says it found 10.4 grams of trans fat.
And this is all on top of the 19 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium already found in the meal.
via With 2 Weeks’ Worth Of Trans Fat, Long John Silver’s ‘Big Catch’ Dubbed Worst Restaurant Meal In America – Consumerist.