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Long John Silver’s 'Big Catch' Named 'Worst Restaurant Meal' for Sodium, Trans Fat

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Long John Silver’s "Big Catch" meal, which was launched in May, was named the worst restaurant meal in America by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI.

The fried fish meal contains 33 grams of trans fat and 3,700 milligrams of sodium.

According to the Institute of Medicine, a normal diet is 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

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

The "Big Catch" meal includes fried fish, onion rings and hush puppies, but its total calorie count (1.320) is lower than usual for this type of fast-food dish, notes the AFP.

However, the 33 grams of trans fat is a serious health concern, according to Walter Willett, nutrition department chair at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Trans fat from partially hydrogenated oil is a uniquely damaging substance that raises your bad cholesterol, lowers your good cholesterol and harms the cells that line your blood vessels,” Willett said.

Long John Silver's will offer the Big Catch meal for $4.99 through July or until supplies run out, noted NRN.com.

Source: AFP, CSPINET.org, NRN.com

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