Target: Long John Silver’s
Goal: Urge Long John Silver’s to stop using partially hydrogenated oil in frying, which adds large amounts of unhealthy trans fat
Recent research on fast food meals dubbed Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” fish platter the “Worst Restaurant Meal in America.” The meal contains breaded and fried fish, onion rings, and fried cornmeal and altogether clocks in at 1,300 calories with 3,700 milligrams of sodium. The biggest concern, however, is the amount of trans fat that the meal contains—33 grams, whereas the American Heart Association recommends no more than 2 grams per day.
Trans fat has been found in many fast foods and is known to clog arteries and increase levels of “bad” cholesterol. It has also been associated with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Though the FDA has required that food companies label trans fat on the nutrition labels of packaged food, trans fat in fast food restaurant dishes often go unnoticed and unlabeled.
In light of these findings, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has said that it will take legal action if Long John Silver’s does not cut unhealthy oil and trans fat from its meals.
By signing this petition you will help urge Long John Silver’s to seek alternatives to partially hydrogenated oil and make the transition to low trans fat or trans fat-free foods.
Dear Long John Silver’s:
I have recently learned that one of your meals, the “Big Catch” fish platter, has been dubbed the most unhealthy restaurant meal in America. While one may object that there are many meals around the nation that exceed 1,300 calories, the fact remains that the trans fat contained in the meal—33 grams as opposed to the less than 2 grams a day recommended by the American Heart Association—is tremendously high and ridiculously unhealthy. Ingesting this meal would mean taking in nearly 17 days’ worth of trans fat, a substance that is known to clog arteries and is widely associated with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
While Americans should be responsible for their health and food intake, I believe that food companies can help by making choices a little healthier. I urge you to seek alternative solutions to using partially hydrogenated oil in your cooking and to work toward serving low trans fat or trans fat free foods in the future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credits: Terence Ong via Wikimedia Commons