Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Fake Crab

Do you know what imitation crab meat is made of?

According to Ask Yahoo!, imitation crab meat (which I just ate in my salad for lunch) is made of Alaskan Pollack fish which is skinned, deboned, ground into a thick paste, and then combined with the following ingredients: Sugar, sorbitol, wheat or tapioca starch, egg whites, vegetable or soybean oil, (for form), natural and artificial crab flavorings, carmine, caramel, paprika, and annatto extract (for color). It's ridiculously high in sodium.

I can't believe I thought I was picking a healthy lean protein choice. I suppose the "imitation" part of the imitation crab meat should have tipped me off.

I'm supremely grossed out.


Starshine said...

Ewww! I am allergic to crab, so when I have sushi, I go for the California rolls or others with imitation crab meat. I don't think I'll be partaking any time soon. Thanks for the 411.

It was so fun catching up last night! I just posted my honeymoon pics to my blog. :)

Buttercup said...

Starshine, I didn't even think about that with respect to california rolls. Ugh! And they're usually one of my sushi staples. No more. It's all processed junk.

Miss S said...


I hate when you're fooled into thinking you've picked the healthy choice. Happens to me all the time. I feel like if I didn't let myself be fooled sometimes, I would never eat!

Miss S