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The Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI) unveiled what it's calling the worst meal in America: The "Big Catch with Onion Rings" at Long John Silver's.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill Fish and Chips dinner. This plate of fried fish includes hush puppies and onion rings and has a heart-stopping 33 grams of trans fat -- 16 times the recommended daily limit. It also has 19 grams of saturated fat, close to 3,700 milligrams of sodium and 1,320 calories. If you didn't have high blood pressure before eating the Big Catch, you just might afterwards!
CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson blames the nutritional nightmare on the fast-food restaurant's use of partially hydrogenated oil. "This company is taking perfectly healthy fish -- and entombing it in a thick crust of batter and. The result? A heart attack on a hook. Instead of the Big Catch, I'd call it America's Deadliest Catch."
Identifying the Big Catch as a big failure is only step one. Jacobson sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlining CSPI's findings, and has warned Long John Silver's that it will sue them if they do not stop using partially hydrogenated to fry its unhealthy fare. The group has also created a petition urging Long John Silver's CEO Kike Kern to stop using oil with trans in favor of 'healthier oil.'