Long John Silver Named as Worst Fast-Food Meal
The group devoted to consumer issues known as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has declared Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” value meal as the most unhealthy fast food meal in the nation.
The combo platter beat out a range of other artery clogging meals that can found in fast food restaurants. How did the “Big Catch” beat out the competition? Here’s how. The meal contains over 1,300 calories and when coupled with 3700 milligrams of sodium is sure to cause the average person to retain some water weight.
“It’s outrageous that Long John Silver’s foods are still loaded with artificial trans fat and that the FDA still permits it in foods,” Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement.
However, it’s the trans-fat of 33 grams that causes the meal to be the absolute worst. The platter, which only went on sale in May, features a fresh piece of haddock fish which in and of itself is healthy.
“We stand behind our published food data and will review any requests from CSPI that raise questions about our data,” Gary Gerdemann, a spokesman for Long John Silver’s, said in an e-mail.
However, after getting dipped in batter and fried in partially hydrogenated oil, it emerges as an artery clogger. It didn’t help matters that hush puppies and onion rings are side items in the meal. The executive director for the CSPI said the “Big catch” should be buried deep in the ocean. The CSPI expects Long John Silver to cease cooking with the high trans-fat partially hydrogenated oil and is willing to go to court if the company doesn’t do so voluntarily.
Despite the “worst meal” designation, Long John Silver’s Big Catch has plenty of fans, judging from the company’s Facebook page, which features dozens of photos from customers posing with empty white to-go boxes. One post boasts of a customer who finished the Big Catch platter “in under 7 min!”
Interestingly, in another post on its Facebook page from May, Long John Silver’s notes that “many doctors recommend eating seafood twice a week. We recommend getting it with Hushpuppies and fries!”
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