Cockroach parts may cause chocolate allergies

Study: Average piece of chocolate contains eight insect parts

Published On: Apr 02 2012 02:03:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2012 02:22:26 PM EDT
DETROIT -

Most people who are allergic to chocolate aren't having a reaction to cocoa but to the ground-up cockroach parts.

Cockroach parts, really?

According to a new study, the average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts. Anything less than 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate (two chocolate bars' worth) is deemed safe for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration.

Cockroaches everywhere

Allergists say most foods contain natural contaminants. Aside from chocolate, cockroach parts also make their way into peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn and wheat. The roach bits can affect people with asthma, as well causing migraines, cramps, itching or hives in people who are allergic to them.

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