|Happy Valentine's Day, snow-hound style
I couldn't eat chocolate! I couldn't even eat carob, chocolate's look-a-like. Chocolate is the treat everyone reaches for on Valentine’s Day. More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day, according to the National Confectioners Association.
But what if you are like me, unlucky enough to be either allergic or sensitive to chocolate or its alternative, carob? Maybe you just need to tell yourself how "bad" chocolate really is. (Of course, you know I'm kidding. I'd reach for chocolate in a heartbeat).
You probably don’t want to hear this as you are finishing up some tasty Valentine's Day treats but most people who are allergic to chocolate are actually reacting to ground-up cockroach parts that contaminate every batch. The average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts. The Food and Drug Administration allows anything less than 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate.
As background, most foods contain what are termed “natural contaminants.” Cockroach parts also make their way into many other foods, including peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn and wheat.
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