bubakapusta-since I am allergic to real crab, I've looked into fake crab quite a bit. As I have learned depending on where it comes from it can be flavored with real crab (not as bad of a reaction, but my mouth gets blisters), but mostly it is artificially flavored.
It is manufactured from many types of fish - most commonly pollack, but sometimes from things like shark and swordfish which can be higher mercury. The plus side for fake crab aside from the alternative for people with an allergy, is that it is lower in cholesterol. On the down side, is the it is highly processed, sometimes contains fillers like potato starch, wheat, tapioca, egg, or sugar, unknown mix of fish, and is pretty high in sodium (for 3 oz 715 vs canned in water tuna 287) and some has MSG. Because the type of fish need to produce surimi (processed white fish) is low fat so it will stick together, it is also not high in Omega-3. Also compared to real crab, the fish paste version is higher in carbs and lower in protein. The food program Unwrapped has a video on the process in making this - very interesting.
Good article. I had to laugh when they said to choose wild salmon over farmed--I already do that for a totally different reason, the environment! XD Huzzah on a win-win situation there.
For anyone else like me who loves seafood, check out Seafood Watch ( http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seaf oodwatch.aspx ). It has a ton more information about the safest seafood to eat for you and the environment and might help you next time you go grocery shopping in your area :)
Good thing my dad's allergic to sharks so we don't eat that, even though some of us in the family don't have the same allergic. Our fishes here are fresh but this article made me wonder if what we always buy has high level mercury and those fishes not listed in the article. Looks like I need to make my own research :) Thanks for the great article!
12/2/2009 10:10:53 PM
THANK YOU FOR THESE GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT FISH. I HAD NO CLUE. I ATE FISH MORE THEN TWICE A WEEK ; AND EVEN SOME OF THE FISHES YOU MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE. I AM GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS NOW.
I found this very useful as I hadn't been aware that the 'size' of the fish could greatly reflect on the amounts of Mercury you may be eating in you fish!
2/19/2008 5:32:17 PM
Local fish is fresher anyway. I grew up down on the gulf just below Tallahassee, FL. I'm used to fresh fish. It's tough being a state away now and having to have frozen fish.
I enjoyed the article but wish they grouped the fish in categories of what's most dangerous to eat for us, than the environment. For instance, I LOVE Chilean Sea Bass but don't know if it's only an environmental issue, or is it truly dangerous to eat.
Good information! Also - the Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a seafood safety guide for each region - see link below. It is easy to ready and compact enough to put in your purse for reference while shopping or dining out.
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