This Could Be the Impossible Burger of Canned Tuna

This Could Be the Impossible Burger of Canned Tuna

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Elizabeth Licata
Aug 9, 2018

A person considering going vegan has a lot of options these days. There are enough plant-based butter, milk, mayonnaise, ice cream, and yogurt options in the world now that a person could host a whole brunch without bothering a single cow, and none of the guests would even notice.

Plant-based substitutes for beef, chicken, and pork have gotten so realistic that they taste just like the real thing, and actually appear to bleed when you cut into them. Now a vegan seafood company is looking to become the next Impossible Burger with a new line of canned "tuna" made from plants.

According to FoodBeast, the plant-based "tuna" from Good Catch Foods has the taste and texture of canned tuna, but it's made of a proprietary blend of peas, soy beans, chickpeas, lentils, fava beans, and navy beans. It's also full of omega-3 fatty acids from algae oil. It's designed to look like the real thing, and cook like it too.

Good Catch's "tuna" is shelf-stable, just like canned tuna, but it has none of the mercury, plastic, or microfibers that can be found in seafood. It's designed to be a sustainable option that's safe for vegans, vegetarians, and people with shellfish allergies.

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A good plant-based seafood substitute could have a huge impact on the environment. According to the UN's Food and Agricultural organization, 85 percent of all current species of fish are either overfished or fully exploited. If enough people started eating tuna salad made of soy, it could help take some of the pressure off and let ocean stocks replenish.

The company says it does not intend to stop with just tuna, either. They're also producing vegan crab cakes and plant-based "tuna burgers" that have 16 grams of protein and reportedly taste just like albacore.

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The first Good Catch products will be the vegan canned albacore tuna, which will come in Mediterranean, olive oil with herbs, and plain tuna flavors. Those are expected to be in stores by the end of the year.

Will you try Good Catch's plant-based "tuna"?

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