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#1 Old 05-04-2004, 11:12 AM
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i was innocently flipping thru Kerrang! and there was this 'facts' column and one was them goes something like, " theres an average of 6 insect leg in a regular choco bar". is there any proven fact for this???? now i feel queasy over chocolates.
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#2 Old 05-04-2004, 11:30 AM
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It is true, that and other insect parts.
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yup, I knew that. But, there are bugs, feces and other delights in just about everything you eat - canned beans, carrots, lettuce, etc.
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i have heard some similar things as this before, not specifically about choco bars though! i think that basically having insect parts, etc...is inevitable in any food as it is impossible to prevent them from getting into the food altogether! i know...very gross, i try not to think about it! oh...and btw, i remember a time when i was younger and used to take a spoonful of peanut butter and lick it off the spoon, except this one time i found myself licking a dead fly!!! talk about disgusting...so there's proof that that kind of **** happens...unfortunately!!!
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Just extra protein!
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If you spend all of your energy trying to eliminate EVERY single insect and animal bit from your diet,your going to take all of the enjoyment out of eating. One would have to search for the offending bit with a microscope, it's not enough to make it on the ingrediant list. If you have ever ridden a motorcycle or a roller coaster chances are you have ingested and an insect. Same difference.
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I believe this is an urban legend that based on fact. Any food is allowed to have a certain amount of foreign material in it, but 6 legs is a stretch.
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im not a milk chocolate eater anymore but this does not bother me.



there was probably fly poop on the lettuce i ate earlier, and beetle poop on the tomato.

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I've heard something similar about ketchup and flies.

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im not a milk chocolate eater anymore but this does not bother me.



there was probably fly poop on the lettuce i ate earlier, and beetle poop on the tomato.



looking at hamburger... looking at salad... looking at chocolate bar...



At this rate, I'm going to just stop eating...



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theres usually rat hairs in most canned foods too! mmmm..this is the second time ive mentioned eating rats this week! LOL!

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looking at hamburger... looking at salad... looking at chocolate bar...



At this rate, I'm going to just stop eating...



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I'm sure we could eliminate every single thing from our diet if we examined it closely enough.
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When I saw the title to this thread I thought it was about actual insect legs dipped in chocolate, like a delicacy somewhere.
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chocolate covered ants, anyone?
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There was one time when I wanted to try those, or fried grasshoppers.
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Just don't think about it. We learned in health class that a certain percentage (can't remember what it was now) of rat hair, insect parts, etc., etc. is allowed by the health department and there's no way to avoid it, except a hunger strike maybe.



I found a whole fly in a bottle of pop once and a worm in a can of soup. But as long as I can't see it, I try not to think about it.



What cracks me up is omnis who get grossed out over such things, but see nothing disgusting about a slab of dead cow or pig or whatever.
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I've likened insects to micro machines that are here to recycle the dead, to be feed for the small animals, that type of thing. I've never seen an insect show any signs of intellegence, so I'm not as concerned about their well being.



I don't purposely squash insects though. I've had moths infest my home once, and I rid of them as they were born by capturing them in a jar and setting them free out the door. I eventually found where some larva were and tranfered them to the outdoors as well. They probably were eaten by something else, or died in the cold, but I put my well being far over theirs. I will take an extra step to help them out, but more out of a respect for life no matter how simple or complex.



As much as I try to just think of them as simple 'lesser' life, I realize you can not avoid eating them. I am still torn though. My favorite vegetable in Chinese Brocolli, but every time I bought some, I found little tiny worms living in the buds of the flowers. People say that regular brocolli has it too, but I've never seen anything moving on my brocolli before.



It's funny I see this post as I was about to post a follow up to my 'Do you eat Jellyfish' post with the soon to be 'Do you eat insects?' post.

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oh yeah once i was eating steamed brocolli in some restrurant and PHAM! white maggot-like worms on my brocolli. i felt totally sick.(note tt i have a probia for worms especially white maggot-like ones).. oh and the other time i found a cockroach in my noodle soup. nice. ok not too topic related.. but well..
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We all swallow bugs and spiders in our sleep fairly often, so whats a few more in food?
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i was innocently flipping thru Kerrang! and there was this 'facts' column and one was them goes something like, " theres an average of 6 insect leg in a regular choco bar". is there any proven fact for this???? now i feel queasy over chocolates.

I learned about this at the 1995 intertnational vegan festival in California.

Dr. Klaper had actually visited a place where they grow the cocoa beans. He explained about how they lay them all outside to dry. Then all the cockroaches come to eat them. He described seeing this huge pile of moving cocao beans. After that giant rats come to eat the cockroaches. So cocao always has cockroach pieces and rat poop in it. Dr. Klaper said that you can ask imigration the exact percentages of that stuff allowed in cocoa.

He told us he doesn't eat any chocolate anymore. I stopped after I heard the story too.
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We all swallow bugs and spiders in our sleep fairly often, so whats a few more in food?



Thanks for the info. I will never be able to sleep again, thinking about those creepy little arachnids crawling on me as I sleep.
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We all swallow bugs and spiders in our sleep fairly often, so whats a few more in food?



Not according to Snopes.



http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm



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oh yeah once i was eating steamed brocolli in some restrurant and PHAM! white maggot-like worms on my brocolli. i felt totally sick.(note tt i have a probia for worms especially white maggot-like ones).. oh and the other time i found a cockroach in my noodle soup. nice. ok not too topic related.. but well..

The same thing happened to me a few years ago...but this one was a big green worm. That makes my flesh crawl just to think about it, i'm getting more and more turned off by food as I learn what's in it or could be in it.
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When I saw the title to this thread I thought it was about actual insect legs dipped in chocolate, like a delicacy somewhere.

LOL me too.
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Not according to Snopes.



http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.htm



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Hmmmm, how do we know that this isn't misinformation talking about some alleged misinformation?!?! I smell conspiracy!!!!

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Hmmmm, how do we know that this isn't misinformation talking about some alleged misinformation?!?! I smell conspiracy!!!!





Anyone care to perform a study with a reasonably sized population sample?
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looking at hamburger... looking at salad... looking at chocolate bar...



At this rate, I'm going to just stop eating...



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lol jim ur hilarious!
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and if it's milk chocolate then there's PUS in it as well. PUS CELLS!
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i took a drink of soy milk the other day and there was something scratchy on my lip... turned out to be a fat icky spider... it was alive, so i'm betting it wasnt IN the soymilk. and also found aphids on my cooked broccoli once... REAL gross...



i've had a friend that worked in a cannery on the incoming lines.... he said that he had to sort through tons of fresh dirty veggies, in with which was mixed many a dead possum, rat, beaver, cat, dog, bird, nutrea, even garbage, just about anything smaller than a pig.



No doubt he missed a few. ::shudders::
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