Where to Get 'America's Worst Meal'

Long John Silver's dinner packed with trans fat

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2013 11:33 AM CDT | Updated Jul 6, 2013 1:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Looking to get all your trans fat for the next two weeks—in one meal? Then head to Long John Silver's, where the Big Catch provides 33 grams of the stuff, or 16 times the American Heart Association's recommended daily maximum. The meal, which consists of fried haddock, hush puppies, and onion rings, has been dubbed the "Worst Restaurant Meal in America" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Consumerist reports.

The haddock is 4.5 ounces of fish and 3 ounces of fried breading, the CSPI finds. And the restaurant is misleading customers about its nutritional information: The onion rings, according to Long John Silver's website, have 7 grams of trans fat, but the CSPI finds 19.5 grams. Most of the trans fat comes from the restaurant's use of partially hydrogenated oil, the CSPI notes. Then there are 19 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium in the meal. In other words, it's a "heart attack on a hook," says the CSPI's executive director. To put things in perspective, the organization sued KFC in 2006 when its meals had a maximum of 15 grams of trans fat—less than half the amount in the Big Catch.

A Long John Silver's restaurant sign is shown in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.
A Long John Silver's restaurant sign is shown in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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