Allergic to Chocolate? It’s Probably the Roaches!

Most people who are allergic to chocolate aren’t having a reaction to cocoa or any of chocolate’s other official ingredients. No, the flare ups are most likely triggered by the ground-up cockroach parts that contaminate every batch.

According to ABC News, 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.

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.

The first cockroach allergy was reported in 1943, and skin testing for cockroaches began in 1959. Cockroach allergies can be treated with allergy shots that contain trace amounts of the insect.

According to Morton Teich, an allergist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contamination bycockroaches and their droppings is unavoidable, because it happens at cocoa beans’ source — the farms where they are produced. Preventing them from infiltrating the harvest would require the use of more pesticides, which Teich says are much worse for you than consuming a few extra bug parts.

Avoiding insects in your food is “almost impossible,” Teich told ABC. “You probably would have to stop eating completely.”



  • As told by Ginger

    ‘dis nasdy

  • Snickers, anyone?

  • I’ve heard that there is a certain “acceptable” amount of rodent droppings allowed in cereals and grains as well. I try not to think about it. 🙂

  • That explains why my 7 year old daughter has always had a reaction to chocolate. I narrowed it down to chocolate early, the symptoms are physical and behavioral. She gets red behind the ears. But that’s nothing compared to the wild rampages..yelling, screaming, she’s like a different person. I do not allow her chocolate at all and it doesn’t happen. Truly gross about the bugs though.

    • No, Kristine, it really doesn’t explain it. The kid could just as easily be allergic to chocolate itself.

  • Kristine, I’m not a behavioral doctor nor an allergist, but I’m a nurse and I can assure you that consuming bug parts do not cause “wild rampage” nor hyperactivity…

  • bad news for vegans eating dark chocolate. probably a good source of vitamin b12 at least

  • That’s disgusting, surely diseases can be carried by cockroaches and if humans consume them, they can be spread.

  • That is actually disgusting,EUGH.

  • Bear Grylls is probably like “Fuck yeah!!!” Nice tasting bugs :p

  • Surely the cockroaches are bad for you? I mean, seriously!

  • I stoped eating chocolates for more than 2 months !!!! how could I ever eat some thing with adirty bug in ????!!!!! how could it be no one ever says any thing about it & all these years I was eating bugs ??? Chocolates my most Important Pleasure !!! Now I can’t even touch it after knowing that teasing fact !!!! ewww I’m sad & very upset as well

  • *blink, Blink* nice to know. This does not stop me from eating chocolate. ._.

  • im not giving up chocolate even if theres rat in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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