Long John Silver's "Big Catch" fish platter named the worst restaurant food in America

The Long John Silver's meal has nearly double the amount of sodium one person should have in a day. Photo: CSPI

Would you down two weeks worth of trans fat, two days worth of sodium and a days worth of saturated fat in one meal? You would if you ordered a certain dish from Long John Silver's.

Long John Silver's "Big Catch" fish platter has been named the worst restaurant meal in America by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The hearty meal of fried haddock, fried hush puppies and fried onion rings comes with a sizeable 1,320 calories.

But the real shock factor is hidden deeper in the nutrition facts. All fried in partially hydrogenated oil, The Big Catch has 33 grams of artificial fat; that's 16 times the American Heart Association's recommended daily maximum.

The meal doubles the AHA's recommendation of less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day by packing a hefty 3,700 mg into the meal. In addition to the 19 grams of saturated fat, the Big Catch reaches the daily limit.

Long John Silver's released this statement: "Long John Silver's offers a variety of meal choices including baked fish and shrimp that can satisfy almost every diner's dietary choices. We stand behind our published food data and will review any requests from CSPI that raise questions about our data."

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"You can find a meal with more calories, but when it comes to heart health, this is clearly the worst restaurant meal I've ever seen in 40 years of looking," said Michael Jacobson, the Executive Director of the Center for Science in Public Interest.

For just $4.99, Long John Silver's advertises the fish as a serving of seven to eight ounces of haddock. But researchers at the Center measured an average of only four and a half ounces of fish. This leaves the remaining 3 ounces for the greasy batter and partially hydrogenated oil.

In California where trans fat is limited by state law, Long John Silver's easily removes the content by using trans fat free canola oil. CSPI is notifying the Food and Drug Administration.

They are also putting the restaurant chain on notice that they will likely face a lawsuit if they continue to use trans fats and misrepresent both the amount of fish advertised and the nutrition information for their sides.

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