How is imitation crab made?
Imitation crab process: First, fish is minced and rinsed to eliminate bad odors. Types of fish used include Alaskan pollock, shark, cod, tilapia, swordfish, milkfish, and Pacific whiting.
Next, the fish is pulverized into a gelatinous paste. The paste is then mixed with egg white, starch, salt, vegetable oil, humectants, sugar, sorbitol, soy protein, seasonings, and enhancers like monosodium glutamate (MSG) and transglutaminases. Finally, food-grade cryoprotectants are added as preservatives if the imitation crab is to be packed and frozen.
Of interest, a new study suggests that babies who consume fish for the first time between the ages of six months and one year have a lower risk of developing asthma in later life compared to babies introduced to it before six months of age or after their first birthdays.