I Can be Allergic to Chocolate? Here's What You Need to Know
Many things go into making chocolate such as milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, and more. Eating chocolate can be risky with food allergies. Allergies to cacao are possible, but very rare. Typically, allergic reactions after eating chocolate may come from other ingredients in chocolate. Cacao are the actual beans that make chocolate and cocoa is the bean that has been ground into powder with additives like sugar, fat, and emulsifiers.
When trying to diagnose chocolate allergies, watch to see what triggers reactions. Many believe they have chocolate allergies, when in reality, they may be allergic to the milk inside.
Swollen tongue, lips, or throat
Nausea or vomiting
It is also possible to have a chocolate intolerance. The signs are:
Abdominal discomfort or pain
Nausea and vomiting
Foods to Avoid and Substitutes
Any foods that have cocoa should be avoided. This includes cocoa butter, powder, and liquor. Jams and marmalades may have cocoa in them due to pectin. Soft drinks and alcohol can contain fresh cocoa pulp juice. The main substitute for chocolate is carob, a legume. It creates cocoa-like power that can be used just like normal chocolate. It is good to use in baked goods, drinks, and chocolate bars.
Think you or your child are allergic to cacao? Contact your doctor to take a test or order a test online.
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