CSPI: Long John Silver's 'Big Catch' is Worst Meal in America

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Researchers at the Center for Science in the Public Interest don't pull their punches. Their headline gets rght to the point:

"Long John Silver's 'Big Catch' is the Worst Restaurant Meal in America."

What else do you need to know—other than the Big Catch includes fried fish, hushpuppies and onion rings, and has, according to the CSPI, "an astonishing" 33 grams of trans fat, "the most powerful promoter of heat disease in the food supply."

CSPI adds that the Big Catch has another 19 grams of saturated fat and nearly 3,700 mlligrams of sodium.

"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."

Long John Silver's responded by calling the Big Catch "a tremendous value" at $4.99, adding that customers have the option of healthful side dishes.