Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 8975 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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Miley

London, UK

#5998 May 26, 2013
@ Alexx

The red clay that u dig may contain parasites and worms.. So what would u do to purify it ?? I mean just drying in the sun is not enough!
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6000 May 26, 2013
Miley wrote:
@ Alexx
The red clay that u dig may contain parasites and worms.. So what would u do to purify it ?? I mean just drying in the sun is not enough!
Miley,

Drying in the sun gives a gud taste to the clay. Also, another option of it is putting them in earthy paper bags. Afterall, clay z a clay n dirt z dirt. It can't b totally purified to food grade if we ourselves dig it from the backyard. We all just need to satisfy our cravings to have n feel it on our tongues n njoy its taste to relax our souls!! isn't it ?? ;)
Miley

London, UK

#6001 May 26, 2013
munni wrote:
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Miley,
Drying in the sun gives a gud taste to the clay. Also, another option of
it is putting them in earthy paper bags. Afterall, clay z a clay n dirt
z dirt. It can't b totally purified to food grade if we ourselves dig
it from the backyard. We all just need to satisfy our cravings to have n
feel it on our tongues n njoy its taste to relax our souls!! isn't it
?? ;)
yeah thats right! Hey have u ever tried iron pills or calcium sandoz or something to control the craving ?
Alexx

United States

#6002 May 26, 2013
Miley wrote:
@ Alexx
The red clay that u dig may contain parasites and worms.. So what would u do to purify it ?? I mean just drying in the sun is not enough!
Put it in the oven & bake it . Let the heat kill any parasites or anything bad in the clay .
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6003 May 26, 2013
CLAY DIVA wrote:
@ALL CLAY you should come check out the facebook forum why we crave&love clay .I think you would like it.
Thanks. It looks great, love all the pictures.
Alexx

United States

#6004 May 26, 2013
munni wrote:
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Hi Alex,
I see that ur cravings r growing high but u do not have ny convenient source to get ya white dirt wenevr u want! Glad to know u've tried to have some red clay from ya grandma's home. let me know how does it taste after getting dried in the sun!?
Njoyyyy :) I wish i can have some from smwer..
The taste is very very earthy . It really taste like you just dug it from the ground .(Haha) also it's very gritty , something I've been craving since I tried Leslie red dirt & I kinda fell in love w/ the grit . Even though I ate red dirt before & I didn't like it . But now I enjoy it .
Alexx

United States

#6005 May 26, 2013
Miley wrote:
<quoted text>
yeah thats right! Hey have u ever tried iron pills or calcium sandoz or something to control the craving ?
No I really don't try any pills to control my cravings . I just try to stick it through & be tough & not think about clay , or what it taste like & all that .
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6006 May 26, 2013
Have any of the Indian ladies ever thought about starting a little business exporting clay pencil?
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6007 May 26, 2013
Sorry, meant to say slate pencil.
Alexx

United States

#6008 May 26, 2013
All things clay wrote:
Have any of the Indian ladies ever thought about starting a little business exporting clay pencil?
That'll be a good idea !!
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6009 May 26, 2013
The stores keep messing with my Argo in the box, and not always having it in stock. I had to settle for Shop Rite brand, which I have had in the past and thought it was ok but it isn't doing anything for me now.

I'll have to get several boxes of Argo when I next see it.

I wonder why Argo is disappearing so quick off the shelves now? I've always wondered if there are a lot of secret cravers like us here on this island and recently found out that a couple of my relatives are, who eat other things. I wonder if word has gotten out about the starch, lol?
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6010 May 26, 2013
Miley wrote:
<quoted text>
yeah thats right! Hey have u ever tried iron pills or calcium sandoz or something to control the craving ?
I do take my iron n calcium suppliments daily or every alternate days! but... I don't see ny change in my cravings. they r as strong as they were!! I control myself wen I wanted to.. instead of depending on ny pills!! Self control is the only best control on ya cravings for nything!!! Wotsay?? ;)
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6011 May 26, 2013
Alexx wrote:
<quoted text>
The taste is very very earthy . It really taste like you just dug it from the ground .(Haha) also it's very gritty , something I've been craving since I tried Leslie red dirt & I kinda fell in love w/ the grit . Even though I ate red dirt before & I didn't like it . But now I enjoy it .
Yes Alex!

I too have da same taste lyk urs for gritty red one!

my taste buds do not allow me to chew smthng which z non-grit or smooth n sticky! Hence, here am I always thinking about n watching videos of red grit clay/mud as I have no access to it !:( ;)

U r lucky to have found it at ya granny's place!! Njoy da earth around U!!
munni

Hyderabad, India

#6012 May 26, 2013
All things clay wrote:
Have any of the Indian ladies ever thought about starting a little business exporting clay pencil?
I wish I'd b some part in doin it... but Alas.. I myself have no access to my faavvv red clay so far n its been 7months tat Im a pregnant as I'm not being allowed to have ny things which have calcium deficiency or in short earthy things which im craving a lot!!

Indian ladies,.. plsss think of it n put ur thots on dis forum anout wot All Things Clay just asked!! atleast dis way I cud fing someone n satisfy myself! ;)haha lol
Indian Chalkie

Mumbai, India

#6013 May 27, 2013
Hi Alexx,

I had thought about it in the past but not as a business but just to give someone a taste of it who was craving it but since slate pencils are extremely common in india and available everywhere, finding people who would want to buy it from outside india will be tough. Also, every brand tastes different so finding those special ones and then retaining supply might be tough..wouldn't wanna get someone hooked and then run out of supplies. How many on this forum would be interested ?
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6014 May 27, 2013
Indian Chalkie wrote:
Hi Alexx,
I had thought about it in the past but not as a business but just to give someone a taste of it who was craving it but since slate pencils are extremely common in india and available everywhere, finding people who would want to buy it from outside india will be tough. Also, every brand tastes different so finding those special ones and then retaining supply might be tough..wouldn't wanna get someone hooked and then run out of supplies. How many on this forum would be interested ?
I asked the question because, yes, I would be interested in buying slate pencils if it was possible to do so without any problem and for a fair price. I have seen videos and they look so good - and in the one where the lady is eating one it sounds so nice and crunchy. I have also read on here and other sites about how good and earthy they are.

I have said before that my preference is natural clay that hasn't had anything added to it or been shaped by people - my concern here is whether or not the clay was prepared in a hygienic manner. BUT some of those molded clays look so good and have such good reviews that I plan to order some but will wait until I travel to do so because of the cost of shipping and other potential import problems.

I feel the same about slate pencils. I don't like the idea of people having their hands in things that I will chew/eat, but I would love to try them. If I got some pencils I would heat them to try to sterilize and bring out the earthy taste - and probably just chew them and not swallow at first to see if they agree with me. They look similar to chalk, which I do eat sometimes, but seem more natural and tastier.

You say that slate pencils are available everywhere, but that is in India. I do not know if they are sold in other countries, and have never seen them. Also, if they are sold everywhere I don't understand why there would ever be a problem in keeping up the supply?

For me importing slate pencils would be easier to explain than it would be to explain if I was questioned on why I was importing molded clay or for example red soil cake. I have read here that the Tiger brand is good - maybe if you consider selling the pencils you could offer a few different types for people to try?

I have another question for the Indian ladies. Do you know whether the factories/people that make them know that people eat them? If they know, I was wondering if some factories take better care to prepare them in a clean, hygienic way? I ask this because in America people who sell white dirt do know that people eat it and I was wondering if it was the same in India with the slate pencils.

Thanks!
Slindile

Durban, South Africa

#6015 May 27, 2013
I'm only 19 years old and have been addicted to eating dirt and soil, especially red soil, since I was about 11. I crave it so bad that my mouth just waters from thinking about it and often have to look at pictures of it to satisfy "my hunger". Will this mess up my fertility somehow?
All things clay

Hamilton, Bermuda

#6016 May 27, 2013
All things clay wrote:
The stores keep messing with my Argo in the box, and not always having it in stock. I had to settle for Shop Rite brand, which I have had in the past and thought it was ok but it isn't doing anything for me now.
I'll have to get several boxes of Argo when I next see it.
I wonder why Argo is disappearing so quick off the shelves now? I've always wondered if there are a lot of secret cravers like us here on this island and recently found out that a couple of my relatives are, who eat other things. I wonder if word has gotten out about the starch, lol?
Now Crayola chalk in short supply! Bought a few packs and only two boxes left in the only place I've found that sells white chalk (I would have taken them all, but didn't want to be selfish).

I can't wait until I can travel and pick up some good supplies!
Indian Chalkie

India

#6017 May 27, 2013
Hi All things clay,

To answer your questions
Yes slate pencils are extremely earthy and crunchy so they do taste. What you saw in the video wont do till you actually get to taste it. Secondly, why i mentioned the supply part is bcoz each brand and even same brand bought from diff stores can vary in taste. Since i have been eating them forever,i know which ones to buy and from where. These are sold in stationery and small grocery stores in india and they maintain not large supplies
Each box of slate pencils contain 15 to 20 of them and there are usually about 25 boxes in a case that the shopkeepers purchase...so if you buy them out..you dont know which brand they'd get next or if it even would taste the same. Hope that clarifies. And yes, everyone knows that these slate pencils are consumed but they still dont manufacture them for consumption. They are pounded up in machines which shapes the pencils as seen.in yout tube videos so having someone prepare it hygeinically is out of question as that is out of your hands
We eat it knowing where it's coming from and are ok with it
Yes you can bake it to remove any impurities but they already come sun dried and taste delicious. The only problem with shipping them is the costs involved which will still be ok for you guys as a pound or dollar are stronger currencies
Kay

Edmond, OK

#6018 May 28, 2013
rin wrote:
<quoted text> I have your email an will email you this weekend hope Friday. An will send it off Saturday morning. Thank you.
I would love a sample of your clay run!!!! My email is krazzyk405@gmail.com

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