If you’re wondering how that’s possible, please, allow me to explain. I did a little research and discovered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes allowances for a certain amount of bugs and bug bits in our food; they’re vaguely labeled as ‘unavoidable defects.’ And they’re not just in coffee, either. Bugs are everywhere and in all kinds of foods — from peanut butter to frozen broccoli. Even chocolate. Surprise, right?
I’d no idea such a policy existed until I fished a gnat out of my morning coffee and faced a prickly conundrum: should I drink it or pour it out? Well, coffee’s pricey; I drank it. Oh, what, you wouldn’t? I took the bug out first, a teeny-weeny thing just a little bigger than the period ending this sentence. I didn’t see the harm and, look, here I am. Alive and kicking.
Of course, me being me, I obsessed about the side-effects of ingesting a bug-contaminated beverage. Eventually, I achieved full panic mode and fled to google to do a search using ‘swallowed a bug” or some such dopey phrase. As it always does, one result led to another until I found a horrifying graphic detailing the precise number of bugs an average person consumes in one short year — broken down by food product. And now I’m seriously considering the purchase of a coffee grinder. Check this out:
The good news is, there’s no real reason to despair. The FDA keeps a tight cap on the number of insects allowed in our food. However, they do add up. But, on the positive side, bugs don’t affect the quality of your food and you can’t even taste them, so try to put it out of your mind. Besides, there are many people who advocate the eating of insects, because they’re a sustainable source of protein and don’t have much impact on the environment when they’re farmed. Just FYI.
Even so, I’ll stick with the cookies, thank you.