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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Real Verses Imitation Crab Meat


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 cup (62.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories
45
Calories from Fat
45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
5.0g
8%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
350mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates
1.0g
0%
Protein
9.0g
Vitamin A 0%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%Iron 4%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet











(Real Crab Meat)



Nutrition Facts

Size: 85g

Amount per Serving
  • Calories 80 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0g 0%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 5mg 2%
  • Sodium 640mg 27%
  • Potassium 0mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 5g
(Imitation Crab Meat)


The first label is from Geisha canned crab. It is genuine crab that you can find in the same area as the tuna at most local grocery stores. The second label is from an imitation crab meat that can also be found at the local grocery store, however, it is usually in the seafood section (frozen foods). While there are many differences in nutrition of real crab and imitation crab, the two most noticeable things to me are the sodium counts, as imitation crab has almost twice as much sodium as the real crab, and the sugars that have been added to the imitation crab. The real crab has 1 carb, as opposed to the imitation crab that has 15 carbs. The price difference is negligible, also. It's definitely worth it to find the real crab, even if you have to go to more than one store.

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