Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9243 comments on the GoErie.com story from Dec 7, 2007, 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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GeorgiaWhiteDirt

Decatur, GA

#7078 Jan 12, 2014
In many parts of the world, it is colored pink-orange-red by iron oxide, giving it a distinct rust hue.

Lighter concentrations yield white, yellow or light orange colors.
Clay4life

Bradford, UK

#7080 Jan 12, 2014
GeorgiaWhiteDirt wrote:
In many parts of the world, it is colored pink-orange-red by iron oxide, giving it a distinct rust hue.
Lighter concentrations yield white, yellow or light orange colors.
Is it you Leslie!?
ann

New York, NY

#7081 Jan 12, 2014
GeorgiaWhiteDirt wrote:
In many parts of the world, it is colored pink-orange-red by iron oxide, giving it a distinct rust hue.
Lighter concentrations yield white, yellow or light orange colors.
Maybe the high iron oxide concentration gives it its earthy taste. I guess sometimes that is why our white dirt taste different to us. I think the ones that are freshly dug with little lines or looks a little "dirty" are probably tasty. The ones that are cleaned then sold tends to have that earthy taste. That is what our body is lacking that is why we crave it so much.
Yashika

India

#7082 Jan 12, 2014
Hey guys I have never tried clay but I do have a strong craving for chalk .... I just go insane and I know it's harmful and I actually have to hide it . I am about to get married but can't get rid of the intense craving but one solution I have found out is to chew few pieces enjoy the taste and then puke it out of my mouth !
ann

New York, NY

#7083 Jan 12, 2014
Yashika wrote:
Hey guys I have never tried clay but I do have a strong craving for chalk .... I just go insane and I know it's harmful and I actually have to hide it . I am about to get married but can't get rid of the intense craving but one solution I have found out is to chew few pieces enjoy the taste and then puke it out of my mouth !
Some of us do not swallow the clay we just chew it and spit it out just to get that earthy , sour or crunchy taste we crave.
saira

Germany

#7084 Jan 12, 2014
Hi..i m crazy clay lover.. i eat red clay chunks of india dat i bought from punjab region dere known as gaieroo nd also eat yellow coloured multani mitti ( fuller earth) big chunks but only after putting in oven for few minutes.. Tried slate pencils of india luv it..yummy , delicious nd jst gave me amazingly earthy flavour ....
crazy 4stuff

United States

#7085 Jan 12, 2014
Yashika wrote:
Hey guys I have never tried clay but I do have a strong craving for chalk .... I just go insane and I know it's harmful and I actually have to hide it . I am about to get married but can't get rid of the intense craving but one solution I have found out is to chew few pieces enjoy the taste and then puke it out of my mouth !
I can totally relate i just love eating chalk so much! It's indescribably delicious!! What brand do u like? I love Crayola anti dust n also sargent brand
Facefaceface

Washington, DC

#7087 Jan 12, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
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I can totally relate i just love eating chalk so much! It's indescribably delicious!! What brand do u like? I love Crayola anti dust n also sargent brand
I don't eat clay, but I absolutely love white chalk.
I used to like Crayola Anti-Dust, but the quality is too hard to control (they have two manufacturers with two different formulas) so I stopped buying from them.

Now I only buy Prang Hygieia.
It's 95% calcium carbonate so it tastes really clean and I never have to worry about what's in it, and is the perfect balance between crunchy and soft. Sometimes I put a few sticks in front of my computer vent lol so that it will dry out fully and be more crunchy, but it still dissolves down into a nice creamy texture.

It's also really cheap and easy to buy, so I never have to worry about getting more. The only thing I have to worry about is making sure not eating too much and remembering to drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber, since calcium carbonate can throw off your digestion if you eat it in large amounts.

I don't know what I would do if they ever changed or discontinued it lol.
crazy 4stuff

United States

#7088 Jan 12, 2014
Facefaceface wrote:
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I don't eat clay, but I absolutely love white chalk.
I used to like Crayola Anti-Dust, but the quality is too hard to control (they have two manufacturers with two different formulas) so I stopped buying from them.
Now I only buy Prang Hygieia.
It's 95% calcium carbonate so it tastes really clean and I never have to worry about what's in it, and is the perfect balance between crunchy and soft. Sometimes I put a few sticks in front of my computer vent lol so that it will dry out fully and be more crunchy, but it still dissolves down into a nice creamy texture.
It's also really cheap and easy to buy, so I never have to worry about getting more. The only thing I have to worry about is making sure not eating too much and remembering to drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber, since calcium carbonate can throw off your digestion if you eat it in large amounts.
I don't know what I would do if they ever changed or discontinued it lol.
I used to really like that brand but now a days i take a chance n just order the Crayola anti dust online that seems to taste great versus the ones at the store those r just horrible, I've also taken a big liking to the sargent brand it's cheap n easy to find without ordering online, i haven't been able to but any lately n I'm craving it So bad! I wonder if baking it makes it any better...
Facefaceface

Washington, DC

#7089 Jan 12, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
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I used to really like that brand but now a days i take a chance n just order the Crayola anti dust online that seems to taste great versus the ones at the store those r just horrible, I've also taken a big liking to the sargent brand it's cheap n easy to find without ordering online, i haven't been able to but any lately n I'm craving it So bad! I wonder if baking it makes it any better...
Yes, that was my problem too.
And then even sometimes, ordering online, I would get the kind from the bad manufacturer. I have a ton of nasty chalk from them that I can't eat Waste of money smh.

I'll try the Sargent brand. It's always exciting to find different brands.:D

And I don't know about the Sargent brand,but Prang is horrible baked.
I tried it thinking that it would get extra crunchy and yummy, but it just ended up tasting burnt and I couldn't stand it. So now I just stick it in front of my computer vent or a hair dryer or a blowing heater, and that works well.
crazy 4stuff

United States

#7090 Jan 12, 2014
Facefaceface wrote:
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Yes, that was my problem too.
And then even sometimes, ordering online, I would get the kind from the bad manufacturer. I have a ton of nasty chalk from them that I can't eat Waste of money smh.
I'll try the Sargent brand. It's always exciting to find different brands.:D
And I don't know about the Sargent brand,but Prang is horrible baked.
I tried it thinking that it would get extra crunchy and yummy, but it just ended up tasting burnt and I couldn't stand it. So now I just stick it in front of my computer vent or a hair dryer or a blowing heater, and that works well.
It's so exciting for me to find I'm not alone in chalk eating, I've always hidden it n felt like a lonely weird o lol. I'm curious to try n bake it lightly n see if it'll get a more earthy taste to it n after reading all these clay experiences i really want to ordersome clay to try it. I'm glad every time I've ordered Crayola it's still yummy but definitely have come across the nasty kind sucks that they've changed the "recipe". I do hope chalk never gets discontinued it would be sad cuz i find it really relaxes me like right now as I'm munching on some i have to admit i do eat way too much
Anonymous

Lucknow, India

#7092 Jan 13, 2014
ann wrote:
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Some of us do not swallow the clay we just chew it and spit it out just to get that earthy , sour or crunchy taste we crave.
Lol ... I can't believe I am not the only one ... Ya I mean the taste that u get after chewing it just makes me go ummmmmmmm .... Doesn't ur tongue hurt after chewing the clay ??
Anonymous

Lucknow, India

#7093 Jan 13, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
<quoted text>
I can totally relate i just love eating chalk so much! It's indescribably delicious!! What brand do u like? I love Crayola anti dust n also sargent brand
I have never tried Crayola I guess that's not available in the local market ... I love Omega colored chalk .... Whenever I have them my eyes literally shuts down ... But I would suggest you not to gulp down the entire thing ... Chew it .. Take the taste inside ur mouth and them spit them out , that's just simply health friendly :)
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#7094 Jan 13, 2014
Facefaceface wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't eat clay, but I absolutely love white chalk.
I used to like Crayola Anti-Dust, but the quality is too hard to control (they have two manufacturers with two different formulas) so I stopped buying from them.
Now I only buy Prang Hygieia.
It's 95% calcium carbonate so it tastes really clean and I never have to worry about what's in it, and is the perfect balance between crunchy and soft. Sometimes I put a few sticks in front of my computer vent lol so that it will dry out fully and be more crunchy, but it still dissolves down into a nice creamy texture.
It's also really cheap and easy to buy, so I never have to worry about getting more. The only thing I have to worry about is making sure not eating too much and remembering to drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber, since calcium carbonate can throw off your digestion if you eat it in large amounts.
I don't know what I would do if they ever changed or discontinued it lol.
I am going to see if I can order some of that Prang Hygieia - I really like the idea that it is 95% calcium carbonate and it sounds so good.

I have tried the Crayola Anti-Dust before, because I had read about others who really liked it, but hated it...just couldn't chew it. I'm guessing now that I got it from the 'wrong' manufacturer.

Right now I am so disappointed because I packed a sandwich bag with pieces of my favourite clays this morning - Soul Sista chunks and moulded and Wanda chunks - and was just waiting for everyone to leave my office so I could have a few bites. Problem is I forgot to put the bag in my handbag so no clay.

I'm supposed to go to the cinema, but really just feel like going home to my clay.
dirt lady

Miami, FL

#7095 Jan 13, 2014
Try goodole dirt from wanda green thats the best clay in the state of georgia .Try baking it for 30 minutes on 375 feels like you're in heaven .Wish she would have special very expensive bags are not full but the best!!!!!!!!!
crazy 4stuff

Denver, CO

#7096 Jan 13, 2014
Yashika wrote:
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I have never tried Crayola I guess that's not available in the local market ... I love Omega colored chalk .... Whenever I have them my eyes literally shuts down ... But I would suggest you not to gulp down the entire thing ... Chew it .. Take the taste inside ur mouth and them spit them out , that's just simply health friendly :)
I need done self control cuz i don't think i can just chew it once it's in my mouth i can't help but swallow it taste delicious
crazy 4stuff

Denver, CO

#7097 Jan 13, 2014
All things clay wrote:
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I am going to see if I can order some of that Prang Hygieia - I really like the idea that it is 95% calcium carbonate and it sounds so good.
I have tried the Crayola Anti-Dust before, because I had read about others who really liked it, but hated it...just couldn't chew it. I'm guessing now that I got it from the 'wrong' manufacturer.
Right now I am so disappointed because I packed a sandwich bag with pieces of my favourite clays this morning - Soul Sista chunks and moulded and Wanda chunks - and was just waiting for everyone to leave my office so I could have a few bites. Problem is I forgot to put the bag in my handbag so no clay.
I'm supposed to go to the cinema, but really just feel like going home to my clay.
Oh no! That sucks that you forgot it i can totally relate to wanting to go home to chalk in my case instead of going out lol
Facefaceface

Alexandria, VA

#7098 Jan 13, 2014
I don't get how you can spit it out though.
Maybe it's just with chalk, but I feel like you don't get the full taste until it has dissolved.

And where do you spit it that it won't make a mess or be gross?
crazy 4stuff

Denver, CO

#7099 Jan 13, 2014
Facefaceface wrote:
I don't get how you can spit it out though.
Maybe it's just with chalk, but I feel like you don't get the full taste until it has dissolved.
And where do you spit it that it won't make a mess or be gross?
I guess it can be done, not that i do it since i enjoy eating it but i have seen a video on YouTube of a lady that chewed it n dropped it into a box but it looked pretty messy, i think it's cleaner when i eat it lol
clay fever clay diva

Goliad, TX

#7100 Jan 14, 2014
Im a ayilo eater and I just cant chew and spit out either. It seems that I just have to eat the entire clay it is so soothing. I just love the chuncy and smoke taste .

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