Care for an order of 1,320 calories with a side of two weeks’ worth of trans fat?
If you’ve ever ordered a “Big Catch” meal from Long John Silver’s, essentially, this is what you’ve asked for.
The Center of Science in the Public Interest has named the artery-clogging meal, comprised of fried haddock, hushpuppies, and onion rings as the “worst restaurant meal in America.”
A whopping 33 grams of trans fat, 19 grams of saturated fat and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium make up the health-compromising meal, according to the CSPI.
That’s 16 times – more than two weeks’ worth – the amount of trans fat recommended by the heart association. The excessive amount comes from the use of partially-hydrogenated oil to fry the fish.
The CSPI reports that most major food chains have stopped using partially-hydrogenated oil in response to bad publicity, lawsuits, and local government restrictions on its use.
In 2006, before a CSPI lawsuit prompted KFC to stop using partially-hydrogenated oil, the unhealthiest meal on the restaurant’s menu contained 15 grams of trans fat. That amounts to less than half of Long John Silver’s “Big Catch.”
"Long John Silver's Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea," said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. "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.