Eat This, Not That: Long John Silver’s fish

Updated Aug 12, 2014
Fish is the healthier choice of meat, right? Well add some batter and oil to the fish, and it might not be as good as you think.

Here’s how two Long John Silver’s battered fish pieces stack up against two grilled tilapia filets.


Battered fish pieces have 520 calories.
Grilled tilapia filets have 220 calories.
Difference: 300 calories, or 15 percent of your daily caloric intake based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Grams of fat:
Battered fish pieces have 32g total fat, 8g saturated fat.
Grilled Talapia filets have 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat.
Difference: 27g total fat, 6g saturated fat.

The battered fish has more than six times the total fat as the grilled tilapia filets. So while fish is healthier for you than red meats, having your fish fried takes it off the healthy list.

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