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by John McGran, Food columnist

 
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Ultimate Fish Sandwich, Long John Silver’s

Ahoy mateys… are yer ready to walk the chicken plank with Mr. Bad Food and dive into a fish sandwich at Long John Silver’s?

If so, yer ready to sink your diet with as many calories and fat as NINE deep-fried hushpuppies!

While fishing around the ‘Net for bad foods to review, I put down anchor at the Long John Silver’s Web site,
www.ljsilvers.com, and reeled in these nutrition facts for The Ultimate Fish Sandwich: 530 calories and 28 grams of fat.

After further review, I discovered that one deep-fried corn meal and flour ball lovingly called a hushpuppy has 60 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Do the math first mate. Nine of these tasty morsels will net you 540 calories and 22.5 total grams of fat.

You can hook the complete numbers at the Web site. But Aaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrr you also wondering why it’s so tough to plunder healthy seafood sandwich at a seafood joint?

Do you think it could possibly have something to do with the fact that most of the booty from the sea at a Long John Silver’s eatery comes breaded and fried? The mayo-heavy tartar sauce doesn’t help.

Your pirate pal is not trying to scare you off seafood. Fish can be good for you. Just make sure you order yours baked, broiled or blackened… and maybe served on a whole-grain roll if the urge for a fish sandwich lures you in.

Chew on This: Be sure to steer clear of menu terms like “crunchy” or “golden”. These terms most always mean FRIED in oil!





@ 12:12pm ET on May 22, 2008
Well, I don't have to worry about that....I do not eat fish. I'm not a seafood kinda gal. Shrimp once in a while and crab cakes once in a blue moon...and that's about all the sea creatures I will injest. So, no Long John Silvers for me :P


@ 12:32am ET on May 23, 2008
I love seafood!! You would be glad to know that when my hubby treated me to a dinner at Angelo and Sons in Panacea, FL I asked for my items to be grilled and hold the butter. It was better than fried seafood!!! I'm glad I'm hooked. :)


@ 10:32am ET on May 25, 2008
I have always wondered why 'specialty' fast food places don't offer 'specialty' lo-cal, low fat options. I think it would be a get marketing tool for them. With all the technology today you would think they could come up with fast, inexpensive fast healthy food!!!!!!!!


@ 10:18am ET on May 26, 2008
Wow that is alot of calories. I think people think that if they are ordering fish they are doing themselves a favor. Not so. Thanks for the information. I am glad there is not a long john silvers near me to tempt me, not that i'd go there anyway cause fish isnt a favorite. But i know its easy to get addicted to stuff like that with all that tartar sauce.

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