Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 8973 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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Clay_Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#7364 Mar 5, 2014
Icychalk wrote:
What is the difference between the way white dirt tastes and terramin tastes?
I also tried baking DE its smooth but not sticky. I prefer drinking it cuz theres a very slight grit in the aftertaste.
Honestly the taste is far better than white dirt. White dirt has no taste. When I tasted the white dirt, I felt like I was eating flour chunks. I didn't enjoy it one bit. It sticks to your tongue, I mean terramin does too but white dirt is far thicker.
crazy 4stuff

Rowland Heights, CA

#7365 Mar 5, 2014
Icychalk wrote:
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How frustrating! What kind of chalk do u get and where do u order from?
Frustrating indeed! I ordered sargent brand anti dust from the office depot. Do u eat chalk? If do what kind?
Icychalk

Staten Island, NY

#7366 Mar 6, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
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Frustrating indeed! I ordered sargent brand anti dust from the office depot. Do u eat chalk? If do what kind?
I currently buy crayola but I have gotten a couple of boxes that tasted bad, like chemicals, but that hasn't happened recently. Maybe they changed it? I also get stay pro from the dollar store, but it kinda dries out my mouth a lot. I open the boxes and let them air out as soon as I get them. I think they taste better that way. Is the Sargent dry and gritty?
ClayloverTerrami n

West New York, NJ

#7367 Mar 6, 2014
Icychalk wrote:
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I currently buy crayola but I have gotten a couple of boxes that tasted bad, like chemicals, but that hasn't happened recently. Maybe they changed it? I also get stay pro from the dollar store, but it kinda dries out my mouth a lot. I open the boxes and let them air out as soon as I get them. I think they taste better that way. Is the Sargent dry and gritty?
I tried it once it's more like smooth n creamy flour ... No earthy taste to it nor any taste not my type
Facefaceface

Alexandria, VA

#7368 Mar 6, 2014
ClayloverTerramin wrote:
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I tried it once it's more like smooth n creamy flour ... No earthy taste to it nor any taste not my type
That sounds delicious lol.
Is it soft? I don't like chalk that is too soft or dissolves too fast.
Clay_Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#7369 Mar 6, 2014
Does anybody know if the Ayilo baked clays are made from Bentonite clay or Kaolin?
Icychalk

Staten Island, NY

#7370 Mar 6, 2014
Clay_Lover wrote:
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Honestly the taste is far better than white dirt. White dirt has no taste. When I tasted the white dirt, I felt like I was eating flour chunks. I didn't enjoy it one bit. It sticks to your tongue, I mean terramin does too but white dirt is far thicker.
Is terramin the same as bentonite? I tried googling it and the info is confusing. Either way, it all seems to have health benefits.
bubu

Mississauga, Canada

#7371 Mar 6, 2014
I love eating clay!!!! I'm just 16 I got in the habit of eating clay around gr9 during art class because I loved the smell. I use to eat dirt but now I turned to clay. I eat the clay from my art class. what art the side effects of eating clay?
crazy 4stuff

Rowland Heights, CA

#7372 Mar 6, 2014
Icychalk wrote:
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I currently buy crayola but I have gotten a couple of boxes that tasted bad, like chemicals, but that hasn't happened recently. Maybe they changed it? I also get stay pro from the dollar store, but it kinda dries out my mouth a lot. I open the boxes and let them air out as soon as I get them. I think they taste better that way. Is the Sargent dry and gritty?
I love the crayola But only the anti dust but i agree last time i bought some it just didn't taste right. Sargent is very creamy not very gritty, i also open the boxes n like to let then sit with a bit of soil so it can absorb that earthier taste lol
nhlasto89

Zimbabwe

#7373 Mar 7, 2014
bubu wrote:
I love eating clay!!!! I'm just 16 I got in the habit of eating clay around gr9 during art class because I loved the smell. I use to eat dirt but now I turned to clay. I eat the clay from my art class. what art the side effects of eating clay?
i started eating clay when i was 16 and today im 24 and still eating it,im not proud of myself for doing that but i cant help it..though i cant say i have any problems that were caused by clay but the fact that im ths addicted means its not good for u, so i urge u to stop eating it while u still ths young.fight the cravings coz they might get worse with age,as it is in my case..
facefaceface

Washington, DC

#7375 Mar 8, 2014
@crazy4stuff, where do you buy the sargent brand of chalk?
emi

United States

#7376 Mar 8, 2014
Soul Sista wrote:
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Yes, I do sell the chunks on their own. The promo was just to introduce the chunks.
Am in the U.S how do I get some please I want to order
crazy 4stuff

Los Angeles, CA

#7379 Mar 9, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
@crazy4stuff, where do you buy the sargent brand of chalk?
I order it online from staples or office depot
UK CLAY

Towcester, UK

#7382 Mar 9, 2014
Has anyone heard from Soul Sista?
Clay obsessed

Milton Keynes, UK

#7383 Mar 9, 2014
Hi,can anyone tell me where to buy clay in Milton Keynes ?
Soul Sista

London, UK

#7385 Mar 9, 2014
UK CLAY wrote:
Has anyone heard from Soul Sista?
You can send me mail. I'm still around.
Curiosity

Birmingham, UK

#7386 Mar 10, 2014
Soul Sista wrote:
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You can send me mail. I'm still around.
What's your email?
connor

Leyland, UK

#7387 Mar 10, 2014
Here this will help

https://www.graze.com/uk/p/K2GK6XWHU

nice free food
crazy 4stuff

United States

#7388 Mar 11, 2014
Does anyone who eats chalk like to do anything to it before consuming? I like to put mine with a bit of dirt so it can get that earthy taste. What brands do y'all eat?
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#7389 Mar 11, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
Does anyone who eats chalk like to do anything to it before consuming? I like to put mine with a bit of dirt so it can get that earthy taste. What brands do y'all eat?
I don't put it with anything, but like to take it out of the box and think it takes better like that. I will try keeping it with some clay powder to see if it tastes different. What type dirt do you put yours with?

I have tried various chalks, but my favourite so far is plain Crayola. I prefer it when the sticks are very hard and crunchy. I would love to try a German chalk that I have read about here and tailor's chalk.

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