LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) –
It may seem difficult to consume two weeks’ worth of fat in one day. Now think about eating that much fat in a single meal.
According to lab tests run by the food watchdog group, the meal includes 33 grams of trans fat, or more than two week’s worth of the American Heart Assn.’s recommended daily allotment. It also contains 19 grams of saturated fat, 3,700 milligrams of sodium and 1,320 calories.
The meal consists of a battered and fried piece of haddock and a selection of two side dishes, including corn, green beans, rice, coleslaw, fries, hush puppies and onion rings. The CSPI findings are based on a meal of fish, hushpuppies and onion rings.
On the Long John Silver’s website, there is an ad for the “New Big Catch Basket” claiming the fish is now three times bigger than one piece of uncooked Alaskan pollock of unspecified size. The CSPI is charging that the fast food chain doesn’t accurately post its nutrition facts.
If you’re a California Long John Silver’s customer, you can take comfort in knowing your fish and onion rings are fried in canola oil. The state banned the use of trans fats in 2010.