Health group calls out the worst restaurant meal as a ‘heart attack on a hook’

07/02/2013 10:24 AM

07/02/2013 11:28 PM

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called out Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” meal as the worst restaurant meal in America when it comes to “clogging arteries.”

The Big Catch — consisting of fried fish, hushpuppies and onion rings — has 33 grams of trans fat, what the center calls the most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply.

The meal also has another 19 grams of saturated fat, which also can promote heart disease, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium, which can promote high blood pressure and strokes.

It cites the American Heart Association’s recommendation of less than two grams of trans fat per day.

“Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea,” said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the CSPI, 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.”

Long John officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

The center, a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., did give the Big Catch a backhanded compliment, saying that it was easy to find fast food meals with more calories but the Big Catch has “only” 1,320 calories.

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