RE: Nuts, dark chocolate allowed?
Posted Monday, April 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Nuts and seeds are higher in fat. If you need to gain weight or are a seriously intense athlete, a little bit of nuts/seeds or their butters is probably okay. But, for most folks, the kickstart is part of a weight loss goal (in addition to moving to a plant based lifestyle) which means you want to limit the higher fat foods like nuts and avocado, as well as not using added fats (like cooking with oil).
As far as 'bug parts', it's not just chocolate. Pretty much anything you buy, whether it's quinoa or chocolate, may contain some random small amount of bug parts. After all, the bugs don't know that the plant is being harvested, they're just having lunch. They get scooped up with the plant and, unless they are really BIG HUGE bugs, they don't even get noticed by anyone to be removed.
There was, however, a discussion in the news media last year about "natural" coloring in some products using cochineal instead of artificial red dye. Cochineal is made from a particular type of beetle, which makes it non-veg*n.