According to The Asahi Shimbun, Japanese food companies have added artificial marine products to their imitation-meat lineups to counter the expected global protein shortage caused by the expanding world population.
Soybeans, peas and other plant-based ingredients that can replicate the flavor and texture of real meat and fish are seen as a potential solution to the growing crisis.
NH Foods Ltd. on March 1 released its fishless fish fry product consisting mainly of soybeans. It contains 104 grams of imitation fish pieces and sells for 345 yen (US$ 2.50), including tax.
Seaweed-derived ingredients re-create the flavor and fluffy texture of white-meat fish.
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