You’re probably drinking bugs in your coffee — infact you could drink up to 136,080 insect fragments in one year. But this happens to be totally safe; because the FDA allows a certain number of insects and insect fragments in our food. It’s usually labeled as unavoidable defects in food, but it’s a relatively normal thing that happens. An insect control company called Terro compiled the data.
The FDA lists the number of bugs and other defects allowed in food products to the public. For example, frozen broccoli has 60 (tiny) bugs per ½ cup. Terro compiled these numbers and calculated how much a person would eat in a year. Assuming that people eat the product regularly (which, in coffee drinkers’ cases, is a safe assumption.)
In addition to coffee, they figured that a person would eat around 5,988 fragments in chocolate, 7,031 in macaroni and 408 in peanut butter.
With each food item, there is usually a different type of bug consumed, ranging from small insects like plant lice, to larger bugs like beetles and mealworms. If your skin is crawling from this news, just remember that eating bugs isn’t actually that strange — in fact people in other parts of the world eat them quite regularly.