The Unhealthiest Meal in America

Long John Silver's takes home the trophy

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The Big Mac, if you once called it King, has been dethroned. In its place now sits Long Jong Silver’s Big Catch platter, newly crowned as the unhealthiest restaurant meal in America.

The dubious honor was handed out Tuesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit group that promotes nutrition and healthy eating. According to their report, the Big Catch clocks in at 1,320 calories, 33 grams of trans fat, and 3,700 milligrams of sodium. That’s roughly two weeks-worth of fat. By comparison, the Big Mac could only muster a measly 750 calories.

CSPI are now demanding that Long John Silver’s suspend sales of the meal, as well as the use of unhealthy cooking oils in its recipes. They have also urged the FDA to revoke their approval of hydrogenated cooking oils. CSPI is threatening Long John Silver’s with legal action if they do not comply.

The report also claims that Long John Silver’s nutrition facts understate the actual amount of trans fat and sodium in its menu.

“We stand behind our published food data and will review any requests from CSPI that raise questions about our data,” said Long John spokesman Gary Gerdemann.


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