Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 20 comments on the Dec 7, 2007, GoErie.com story titled Why do I often crave eating clay?. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Q I have a habit that I have developed off and on for the past two years. I love the taste of clay.

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deept

UK

#6296 Jul 11, 2013
clay4life wrote:
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That has to be the most nastiest things I've ever read on this forum!! Sorry I know it sounds harsh but aren't u afraid of salmonella and I'm sure there less riskier sources of calcium. I don't want to judge but make sure you've done your research!
Actualy m not coz dey were boild for abt half hour at more dan 100 degree cel...so hardly dere r any chances of sum bacteria or nythn
Clay Yay

Delhi, India

#6297 Jul 11, 2013
Jeeez....Tht is disgusting !!!
clay4life

London, UK

#6298 Jul 11, 2013
Oh the nakumatt clay is soo crunchy. Love it!!!
Craving

United States

#6299 Jul 11, 2013
shina wrote:
omg...!
i had to write "@bhaw"
but by mistake i wrote "@shina"....lol.!!
I am living in USA where do we get khadi (white dirt)in USA
royal

Hyderabad, India

#6300 Jul 11, 2013
Craving wrote:
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I am living in USA where do we get khadi (white dirt)in USA
@craving khadi is found only in India(Hyderabad(ol city))
. in USA there is a clay called Georgia white dirt. try it and tell me becoz i am fan of Khadi

Since: Oct 12

Bristol, UK

#6301 Jul 11, 2013
clay4life wrote:
Oh the nakumatt clay is soo crunchy. Love it!!!
Where Sid you get it?? Please share
Mary Tyler

United States

#6302 Jul 11, 2013
ayelor wrote:
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Tnx Mary. I now av my shire @ hand ;)
@Ayilo your very welcome ! How did you like it ? I'm waiting on mines to arrive any day now ..
Mary Tyler

United States

#6303 Jul 11, 2013
clay4life wrote:
If u want the Kenyan nakumatt clay I have a friend that's selling it.
@ Clay4life Please share the details on how we can order the Kenyan Nakumatt clay . We would love to try some ..Thanks
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6304 Jul 11, 2013
deept wrote:
Hey guys...today I ate sumthng wierd...boiled egg's shell...since dey were boild I found dem safe to eat...aftr removng d inner membrane...woooooow...sooo crunchy...dat sound when u chew it...damn tasty...n I thnk its beSt source of calcium....I loved it...
I have never thought of doing this, but I have now read that there are people who do this for - calcium and people like us with cravings.

Most people would think that all the things we eat/chew are disgusting, and I don't see where egg shells are any worse (as long as they're sterilized). They seem so sharp though!

I'll have to take a little bite next time I boil eggs.
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6305 Jul 12, 2013
OK..

no dis is smthng weird and crazy I did just now..

I've put few pieces of Red clay from Leslie (Georgiawhitedirt)& White one from Wanda (Goodoledirt), 2-3 soft n hard clay pot pieces, 2 small pieces of slate pencil .. n got a powdered mixture of them. Firstly, thot to make a paste and make a chunk out of it but.. found da powder much interesting to munch on!! ;)Its gritty cuz of clay pot pieces n lil creamy due to white dirt!

munching on now n then.. ;)lol

Eating the chunks feels lyk they can b finished ny moment but munching on the powder fr every few secnds feels lyk I can taste all my fav things in one single munch for a longtym cuz da powder can last long.. ;):D.. rly goin clay crazy!!

Jus thot to share it wid all the crazy Clay loving ladies out here !!
meh

Delhi, India

#6306 Jul 12, 2013
munni wrote:
OK..
no dis is smthng weird and crazy I did just now..
I've put few pieces of Red clay from Leslie (Georgiawhitedirt)& White one from Wanda (Goodoledirt), 2-3 soft n hard clay pot pieces, 2 small pieces of slate pencil .. n got a powdered mixture of them. Firstly, thot to make a paste and make a chunk out of it but.. found da powder much interesting to munch on!! ;)Its gritty cuz of clay pot pieces n lil creamy due to white dirt!
munching on now n then.. ;)lol
Eating the chunks feels lyk they can b finished ny moment but munching on the powder fr every few secnds feels lyk I can taste all my fav things in one single munch for a longtym cuz da powder can last long.. ;):D.. rly goin clay crazy!!
Jus thot to share it wid all the crazy Clay loving ladies out here !!
woww, how did you manage to get it and what was the outcome(total money) for buying it online, am glad you got red clay which you were wishing for!!:)
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6307 Jul 12, 2013
meh wrote:
<quoted text> woww, how did you manage to get it and what was the outcome(total money) for buying it online, am glad you got red clay which you were wishing for!!:)
Hii Meh

Thanks u so much!!

Actually Disha from da forum helped me personally by sending samples of those white n red dirt, slate pencils r available everywer near my place n as i alrdy have some of them , I've tried few small pieces. clay pot pieces(matki)- I got from da broken matki in my garden (It really smells wowwww.. earthy taste, as if fresh rain on da mud!!) Tat's all!! Also thot to add few pieces of chalk to this mixture but this alone has turned out to b a nice relaxed munching powder!! hahah!!

Have u ever tried such thing so far ?? Isn't it really CRAZY??
dirtnclay

UK

#6309 Jul 12, 2013
@Clay4life what's the point u telling us your friend is selling the clay u know A LOT of us have been dying to get our hands if you're not going to give us the info??
Alabama Red

Duluth, GA

#6310 Jul 12, 2013
Hello all, I have not indulge in eating clay/dirt for 4 months. However, I have been reading the forum and staying abreast of what is going on and if any new clay is being introduced. I see that Mavu will be selling Roasted Nakumatt clay soon. I still get my cravings at times but reading your comments and sticking with my iron is helping. I still like to try different clays so I definitely would like to get your feedback on the Nakumatt clay that Mavu will be selling (Mary Tyler). Until then take care.
dirt lady

Homestead, FL

#6311 Jul 12, 2013
Good ole ga white dirt is the best. Ive had downhomega whitedirt. They sent me a box of dirt that taste like brick and sand very disappointed. I wsste 50.00 not good
dirt lady

Homestead, FL

#6312 Jul 12, 2013
I wanted to try a different clay I always ordered from downhomega whitedirt until they sent me a case that taste like sand and bricks. I wanted to cry !!!!.Goodole ga white is very good it has the earth taste very impressed
indian chalkie

Mumbai, India

#6313 Jul 12, 2013
Wow munni....you are downright lucky !!! I've been trying for ages to get my hands on white dirt. I've emailed goodoldirt at their international shipping email address but no response. If you know of someone who can ship this to.me, i'll pay for postage and shipping. I dont mind trying the red dirt as well...never ate any red dirt in my life ( can you describe its taste and texture pls ) But aren't you also almost 9 mnths pregnant ? Pls stay safe...
indian chalkie

Mumbai, India

#6314 Jul 12, 2013
Actually i wanted to post a completely different comment but seeing munni enjoying white and red dirt in my own hometown made me greedy but coming to my original post. Well i've been consuming slate pencils for over 18 yrs now and have had my share of abdominal and anaemic issues alongwith gall bladder stones, had to have blood transfusions.in the past as my haemoglobin count dropped to 4. I usually experience severe stomach pain which is spasmic in nature but dosent last more than a few mins but the past 2 days have been bad.
My entire abdomen is in pain esp lower, i finally decided to go visit a specialist and get tested. Will also share my pica story with him for proper prognosis as god knows how much i love the taste of chalk clay slate pencils but this is bad, harmful and i have to stop someday. I hope my scans dont throw up something new. So long then people....take care
meh

New Delhi, India

#6315 Jul 13, 2013
indian chalkie wrote:
Actually i wanted to post a completely different comment but seeing munni enjoying white and red dirt in my own hometown made me greedy but coming to my original post. Well i've been consuming slate pencils for over 18 yrs now and have had my share of abdominal and anaemic issues alongwith gall bladder stones, had to have blood transfusions.in the past as my haemoglobin count dropped to 4. I usually experience severe stomach pain which is spasmic in nature but dosent last more than a few mins but the past 2 days have been bad.
My entire abdomen is in pain esp lower, i finally decided to go visit a specialist and get tested. Will also share my pica story with him for proper prognosis as god knows how much i love the taste of chalk clay slate pencils but this is bad, harmful and i have to stop someday. I hope my scans dont throw up something new. So long then people....take care
That scares me :O, in my past I had eaten chalks, fullers earth and pottery(2-3 pieces which I left after having the taste). last month I bought 2 packets of slate pencils for the first time at first it tasted nasty but after having 3-4 big sticks the taste developed was beyond expectation... crunchy and creamy...I finished the two packets(15 pieces each) in a week!!! but now, i am craving the taste so much... usually i take 2-3 month gap because of non availability of fullers or slate pencils which I think is good for me... as whatever happens, happens for a reason! I am hoping to get some red clay (my dream clay :D) in future...
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6316 Jul 13, 2013
indian chalkie wrote:
Wow munni....you are downright lucky !!! I've been trying for ages to get my hands on white dirt. I've emailed goodoldirt at their international shipping email address but no response. If you know of someone who can ship this to.me, i'll pay for postage and shipping. I dont mind trying the red dirt as well...never ate any red dirt in my life ( can you describe its taste and texture pls ) But aren't you also almost 9 mnths pregnant ? Pls stay safe...
Hey Indian Chalkie,

I'm sorry to know dat ur trials to get ya dirt/clay from Goodole'dirt haven't met ya expectations!!

I may not gaurantee u but I'll try to help u out to get some white dirt fr u to get ya hands on!!:) pls wait fr 2 days n I'll let u know wot I can do about it . ok !

N yes, even my favvvv dirt/clay to try z da red one!! If I see ny earthy things outside I feel lyk taking it n smelling them to see if its really earthy (U know da smell of fresh rain!) n wud lyk to take a small piece out of it n chew ! Such z da craziness of the RED ones!!! I guess da color itself sends out an indication to ppl lyk us to come near to it lyk, Red clay, Red clay pots, red dirt, Red soil roads, muddy walls etc etc... ;) lol!!

The red one which I got was lil soft, but very little gritty. Hence didn't totally satisfy my taste buds. N dint get ny earthy taste from both white n red ones! Da real taste I'd luv to have must b earthy, crumbling, crunchy, gritty as if wen I try to bite it, I shud feel its lil hard to bite n shud feel the crunch (if u knw wot I mean! ;)) N SHUD NOT MELT ALL OVER MY MOUTH!!! Hence, I lyk da clay pots (matki)which gave me da taste n smell I wanted!!

N as its my 9th month of pregnancy, I'm taking all da possible precautions n making myself controlled towards not having clay very regularly thinking abt the effect it myt have on my baby(if at all it has)!! Thanks fr ya concern :)

Take care :)

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