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Chocolate is a universal love of most people. This lovely food is found in many drinks, snacks, or desserts you eat. However, unfortunately, many people are allergic to chocolate. The allergy can happen due to ingredients in it.

The main ingredient is the cocoa powder which is processed from cocoa beans. After that, a mixture of powder, sugar, fat, and emulsifiers is made to form the final product. Some other types of chocolates are made of milk products.

A person when eating chocolate might not know which ingredient he/she is allergic to. Let us explore the symptoms you may observe in case you are allergic to any of the ingredients present in the chocolate.

Are you allergic to cocoa?

If you have an allergy to cocoa, your immune system will send you signals, for instance

• Itchy skin rashes – hives
• breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation
• wheezing
• nausea or vomiting
• stomach cramps
• swollen tongue, lips, or throat

Are you allergic to milk products?

Similarly, you will experience the following symptoms if you are allergic to milk

• abdominal cramps
• hives
• diarrhea
• coughing
• upset stomach

Extreme milk allergies can cause swelling of mouth and throat, and lead to cardiac arrest. Therefore, you should seek immediate medical help.

Are you facing Caffeine Sensitivity?

Symptoms of caffeine intolerance include;

• high blood pressure
• dizziness
• headaches
• trouble sleeping
• anxiety

If you are sensitive to caffeine, you will observe similar symptoms when you drink coffee, tea, or energy drinks.

In addition to cocoa, milk, and caffeine, there are other ingredients that can make you allergic to chocolate, for instance, soybean and nuts like hazelnuts, peanuts, or almonds.

Prevention is better than cure

You are a valuable gem. Therefore, if you figure out that you are allergic to chocolate, you need to take good care of yourself. You should consider altering your food intake. In other words, you should be aware of the ingredients of your food.

If you have any questions regarding allergies, call Family Diagnostic Clinic on 281-351-6800, we would be glad to help you out.

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