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Nutritionists have been telling us to eat more fish for years, but not all fish is prepared in a healthy way. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has revealed the worst restaurant meal in the United States to be Long John Silver's Big Catch.

On Tuesday, the consumer advocacy group tweeted:

 The restaurant chain introduced the meal, which includes a piece of fried haddock, hush puppies, and onion rings, in late May for the bargain price of $4.99 writing in a press release, "The Big Catch is a premium menu item, with the classic taste that Long John Silver's is known for." While it may be a lot of food for a small amount of money, it's no great deal in terms of nutrition.

According to the CSPI, which conducted its own lab tests, Big Catch contains 33 grams of trans fat, an additional 19 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends that adults limit their consumption of trans fat to less than 2 grams a day and saturated fat to less than 16 grams per day. The latest recommendation for sodium is less than 1,500 milligrams per day. Trans fat and saturated fat are associated with higher bad cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease.

"Long John Silver's Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in a press release. "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."

 

Walter C. Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health added, "It might have been defensible to use hydrogenated oil in the 1980s, before trans fat's harmfulness was discovered, but no longer."

 

Because Big Catch is a temporary menu item, Long John Silver's is not required to disclose its nutritional information. The CPSI estimates the meal contains 1,320 calories, roughly the same amount as in a McDonald's Big Mac, french fries, and milk shake combined.

 

The CSPI also asserts that Long John Silver's is telling a fish tale when it comes to the amount of haddock included in the meal. According to the restaurant, "It's the largest fish we have ever offered weighing in at 7-8 ounces of 100 percent premium Haddock caught in the icy waters of the North Atlantic." However, tests performed by the CSPI, reveal that that's a significant overstatement.

 

"It turns out that when Long John Silver's says 7 to 8 ounces of 100 percent haddock, it's more like 60 percent haddock and 40 percent batter and grease," said Jacobson. "Nutrition aside, that's just plain piracy." The restaurant chain has not responded to Yahoo! Shine's request for comment.

 

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Ah yes, the organization that's always wanting to regulate what we can and cannot eat and constantly trying to get foods banned. No thanks - off to Long John Silver's now.

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Yeah I agree with you.  Let us fat consumers decide if we want this in the market place.

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the American heart association is full of shit.

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The worst thing about this is that many consumers will reckon that they are eating healthy "because it's fish guyz!" when you're probably better off with a super sized Big Mac menu :P

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Thats insane tbh, someat that should be healthy turned into an unhealthy meal is stupid. Then again i guess if you eat anything battered and fried you probably shouldnt expect it to be all that healthy really

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According to the CSPI, which conducted its own lab tests, Big Catch contains 33 grams of trans fat, an additional 19 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends that adults limit their consumption of trans fat to less than 2 grams a day and saturated fat to less than 16 grams per day. The latest recommendation for sodium is less than 1,500 milligrams per day. Trans fat and saturated fat are associated with higher bad cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease.

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Because Big Catch is a temporary menu item, Long John Silver's is not required to disclose its nutritional information. The CPSI estimates the meal contains 1,320 calories, roughly the same amount as in a McDonald's Big Mac, french fries, and milk shake combined.

Ah yes, the organization that's always wanting to regulate what we can and cannot eat and constantly trying to get foods banned. No thanks - off to Long John Silver's now.

You're kidding right? We're talking about a meal that is so ridiculously excessive

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You're kidding right? We're talking about a meal that is so ridiculously excessive

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pics?

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The worst thing about this is that many consumers will reckon that they are eating healthy "because it's fish guyz!" when you're probably better off with a super sized Big Mac menu :p

there is no super sized menu in the USA anymore, McDonalds removed it years ago

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Except by law a restaurant has to offer the nutritional information if requested.  Here in CA, most of it is posted on the menu so you can see what you're about to eat as you order.  So if someone wants to eat this, that's their choice.

The point is more that they doesn't disclose openly how unhealthy it is, which should be required for a meal that is so unhealthy (in terms of calories, fats and salt). Consumers aren't able to make an informed decision.

 

 

pics?

 

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This definitely needs pics but holy hell, this dish should never enter someone's mouth.  33 grams of trans fats!?  That's beyond insane.

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Sounds fishy to me..
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The point is more that they doesn't disclose openly how unhealthy it is, which should be required for a meal that is so unhealthy (in terms of calories, fats and salt). Consumers aren't able to make an informed decision.

 

 

 

 

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By that reasoning, everyfood and McDs, BKs, Wendys, etc. would probably be marked as "unhealthy".

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Everything in moderation.  I would have that meal once or twice.  It's like the Double Down from KFC...  I've had it 3 times in 3 years (which may be healthier, since KFC in Canada does not use oil with trans-fat).  Even  KFC calls the Double Down an occasional meal.  I eat a mix of 'good' and 'bad' fast food as well as 'real' food.

 

The problem is the overwhelming obesity and other medical concerns caused by the over-consumption of society in general, which is why the health organizations do what they do. 

 

Run the numbers; the world (the US in particular) would benefit greatly in increased productivity resulting from a healthier workforce that understands how to consume.  Less money spent on medical bills, more time to work and earn more money (because people who are not working don't make money, usually).  Japan is a probably a good opposite case which illustrates what happens when a society is healthier in general.

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By that reasoning, everyfood and McDs, BKs, Wendys, etc. would probably be marked as "unhealthy".

No, because they don't have grossly excessive fat and salt content. Some of their meals are excessive in terms of calories (depending on the person eating it) but not even close to the degree here. The biggest concern here is the use of trans fats, which are known to be very unhealthy.

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This meal can't harm you at all if you take it with a diet coke.  Ask any large set woman in a restaurant.  Diet Coke negates everything.

 

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I knew instinctively that Long John Silver was high sodium, which is why I begged off, when friends wanted to stop there to eat.

 

The extreme trans fat should kill off their business pretty quick.

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The extreme trans fat should kill off their business pretty quick.

One can only hope.

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yes, this meal is bad, but how can it be labeled as the worst in america? plenty of places have worse meals. have you seen Chili's menu?

 

California Turkey Club Sandwich (w/ fries) - 1500 cal, 78g fat, 148g carbs, 3520mg sodium

 

http://www.chilis.com/EN/LocationSpecificPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis%20Nutrition%20Menu%20Generic.pdf

 

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yes, this meal is bad, but how can it be labeled as the worst in america? plenty of places have worse meals. have you seen Chili's menu?

 

California Turkey Club Sandwich (w/ fries) - 1500 cal, 78g fat, 148g carbs, 3520mg sodium

 

http://www.chilis.com/EN/LocationSpecificPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis%20Nutrition%20Menu%20Generic.pdf

 

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It's the trans fat that is the alarming part.  While people are still debating about the role of certain saturated fats (animal vs plant derived) in atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart failure, there's pretty much a consensus on the harm of trans fats (whether naturally occurring or lab manufactured).  It raises your LDL and lowers your HDL which is very concerning to health professionals.

 

Sure, the calorie numbers on that Chili's menu are astronomical. 9 Calories per gram of fat, more fat = more calories.  The distinguishing factor here is the kind of fats, and trans fats.  Those Chili's dishes have far less trans fat than the LJS dish, at least I would hope.

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Just think.. Without those obscene levels of sodium, you'd be able to actually TASTE the garbage you're putting in your mouths.  If you could, you wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.

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By that reasoning, everyfood and McDs, BKs, Wendys, etc. would probably be marked as "unhealthy".

Using common sense, it already is. :P

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You're kidding right? We're talking about a meal that is so ridiculously excessive

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By that reasoning, everyfood and McDs, BKs, Wendys, etc. would probably be marked as "unhealthy".

It should.

Certain people should stop sleeping with their bags of bribe money and do so.

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