Fascist Food Group Calls Out Long John Silver For Worst Meal In America
Does anyone really expect â€śfast food,â€ť even when it is fish, to really be a healthy option? This week the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced that Long John Silverâ€™s â€śBig Catchâ€ť is the worst restaurant meal in America.
The group noted that in its lab tests the meal, when comprised of fried fish, hushpuppies and onion rings has â€śan astonishing 33 grams of trans fatâ€”the most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply.â€ť Â The group noted that the meal has another 19 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 3,700 milligrams of sodium. However, the CSPI also noted that the meal â€śonlyâ€ť has 1,320 calories.
Now, in fairness, this doesnâ€™t exactly sound like a healthy meal by any stretch of the imagination, but is it really fair to call this the â€śWorst Restaurant Meal in America,â€ť especially when there are plenty of options to get massive burgers, including a 15-pound one at the Beer Barrel Pub?
However, what is the bigger concern is that CSPIâ€™s reports have gotten picked up by the mainstream media and others have weighed in, calling out the food chain.
â€śItâ€™s outrageous that Long John Silver’s foods are still loaded with artificial trans fat and that the FDA still permits it in foods,â€ť Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement as reported by Reuters.
Is it really â€śoutrageousâ€ť as Mr. Willett maintains? Weâ€™ve seen other efforts to ban large sodas, such as those in New York City. At what point does what the consumer want stop mattering? Food fascists regularly rally against these meals that are probably in all likelihood not really all that good for you, but does choice not matter?
The greater issue is that sometimes CSPI is wrong. While the CSPI today demonizes trans fats, they probably wouldnâ€™t want you to know theyâ€™re partially responsible for so many trans fats in our diets.
This goes back to the 1980s when the target of this group (which was founded in 1971 by Michael Jacobson) was actually against partially hydrogenated oils. In fact, in 1988 the group noted:
â€śDespite the rumors, there is little good evidence that trans fats cause any more harm than other fatsâ€¦ all told, the charges against trans fat just donâ€™t stand up.â€ť
Readers should also know that Jacobson has called for labels warning parents that soft drinks should be replaced by low-fat milk or juices, and has called on broadcasters to give free â€śequal timeâ€ť to government-supported ads for healthy foods. The group has also called for a tax on foods with fat, sugar and sodium.
Now, in fairness, at least Jacobson is reportedly the type of food fascist that lives as he preaches. The activist watchdog site ActivistCash noted, â€śCSPIâ€™s in-house food policies are so strict that Jacobson once reportedly intended to get rid of the office coffee machineâ€”until one-third of his 60 employees threatened to quit.â€ť
So, if this is the kind of nanny state mentality you like, then donâ€™t go to Long John Silverâ€™s. But if freedom to choose what you like to eat is important, might I suggest trying their Catch of the Day? Not every day, that would be crazy!