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Cockroaches in Chocolate May be Causing Food Allergies

Cockroaches in Chocolate May be Causing Food Allergies

If you suffer from a chocolate allergy, you might assume that the cocoa bean is the culprit. An ABC News report, however, points to a different allergen not listed on labels: cockroaches! The FDA deems certain levels of contaminants in foods to be safe, and as many as 60 insect parts per 100 grams of chocolate could be present without being rejected by the administration. This contamination is pervasive across all chocolate brands, as getting rid of them would likely require heavier pesticide use.

Chocolate isn’t the only food containing these hidden allergens; bug parts are also found in peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn, and wheat. Allergist Morton M. Teich is quoted saying “To avoid [insects in your food], it’s almost impossible. You would probably have to stop eating completely.”

According to The Imperfect Parent, cockroach allergy sufferers exhibit respiratory problems, hives, migraines, itching, and cramps. Allergists began skin testing for cockroach allergies in 1959, and today it is known as common cause of asthma. Such allergies can be effectively treated by allergy shots and removing chocolate from the diet.

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Vinita
1 Years Ago

Ohhh dear, I remember those tginhs. I tried and tried kept everything spotless, and honestly, bleached the crap out of my entire apartment in Beijing and they still kept coming back. There was this horrible thing you could buy a cockroach bomb that you would actually light and then leave for a few hours and that seemed to be the only thing that really killed them all. Probably illegal in Canada but it worked!Hope you kill the suckers! K


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