Chocolate - public enemy number one? Um no, as it turns out. While I've avoided chocolate like the plague for nearly 40 years, I learned quite a while ago that it isn't the chocolate, but the BUG PARTICULATE in the chocolate, that I'm really allergic to. Gross right? Here's the truth. The FDA allows a certain acceptable level of bug particulate in cocoa beans. That means, when you consume chocolate, well let's just say there are other things in it that you didn't count on eating.
Fast forward to 5 years ago. I underwent allergy testing, and, wouldn't you know it, my worst allergy trigger was roaches. So I felt somewhat justified in my avoid "polluted chocolate" stance. I have always avoided the other known triggers, but I've still been having too many migraine episodes over the last 4 or 5 years. Many of those headaches had completely unidentifiable triggers. But I may have discovered a new culprit.
Well, not coffee, but the ROACHES in the coffee. Yes, coffee falls under that FDA allowable bug particulate thing. So when you buy pre-ground coffee, either at the grocery store or at the restaurant, you're getting those little bonus bits in there, too.
I have tried to quit coffee forever, thinking it's the caffeine that may be causing the headaches. I had never been successful. But, this time I tried a different approach. I didn't cut the caffeine. I replaced it with hot tea (which I love.) Now, a month later, I'm down to maybe 2 cups of coffee a week, ideally from fresh ground beans. And guess what. Nearly no headaches. Well, except for those evil barometric pressure change headaches.
Now I'm looking into what else contains the buggy particulate. Because I think I'm on to something here.
Max levels for acceptance according to the FDA Defect Levels Handbook