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If you're curious about or even craving cruelty-free seafood, you've got to try Sophie's Kitchen's line of vegan sea offerings. A revolutionary product created by vegan visionary Eugene Wang, this vegan seafood is made from konjac, pronounced ‘kon-jack’, which is also known as konjaku, konnyaku, and elephant yam. It is native to Southeast Asia and Indonesia where it has been used for thousands of years as an everyday food. It is also extremely popular in traditional Japanese cuisine. Konjac has almost no calories, is very high in dietary fiber, and has been studied as an ingredient that may help control cholesterol and blood sugar.
Eugene Wang is the company’s vegan visionary, and Sophie is his first child. She liked all kinds of seafood, yet her extreme allergic reaction to it scared the family. They soon learned that they were not alone: a 2009-2010 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 1 in 12 children have a food allergy - twice as many as previously thought.
At about the same time, Wang became alarmed that he could not find live jelly fish when visiting a beach that was famous for a unique species thirty years ago. He began wondering how many other sea creatures Sophie would never see. Wang’s food company has over 20 years of experience in creating vegetarian foods, so it was only natural that he realized the combination of growing food allergies, dwindling seafood sources, dangers of farm-raised seafood, and the trend toward the veganism gave him the perfect opportunity to create vegan seafood. added up to the fact that his company had the knowledge to develop a delicious alternative.
Sophie’s Kitchen is the first company to use konjac in making vegan alternatives to seafood and meat. The company's vegan seafood products are available in natural food stores across North America. Choose from Vegan Prawns and Breaded Shrimp, Calamari, Crab Cakes, Fish Fillets, and Scallops.