Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9258 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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looking for clay

Southlake, TX

#7937 May 22, 2014
I just wanted to contribute my experience with eating Prang Hygieia chalk in case someone was curious. I had high hopes because it is supposed to be almost all calcium carbonate and it is very cheap. The texture was awesome. Crunchy and then buttery smooth. Once it became creamy, strangely enough, it seemed to have a sort of buttery taste. It was not at all earthy, which is what I'm looking for. I'm in no way knocking anyone who enjoys it, it just wasn't for me. Like Icy Chalk says, "Back to the drawing board".
looking for clay

Southlake, TX

#7938 May 22, 2014
I wanted to share another clay eating experience for those of you who have not found your perfect clay yet. I am craving something deeply earthy and crunchy with little or no grit. The earthiest clay I have found to date is handmade diatomaceous earth which I buy from DoveTailGardenStore on Etsy. Unfortunately it is a powder and not crunchy. Also, eating large amounts of it causes irritation of my throat and digestive system. The best crunch I have found is from really, really hard white dirt, but I have found it to be pretty flavorless. The best quality white dirt I have recieved has the almost exact same flavor as sidewalk chalk. I found my holy grail of clay eating when I got the idea of eating white dirt dipped in DE. I got a wonderful earthiness and great texture. My only problem now is that white dirt costs me around $10 a pound once you include shipping. I just can't afford to order it regularly, so I have to resort to cornstarch to satisfy my cravings. Although, I have found cornstarch mixed with DE to be very tasty. I'm still hoping I can find a cheaper source for good white dirt.
facefaceface

Lawrenceburg, IN

#7939 May 22, 2014
looking for clay wrote:
I just wanted to contribute my experience with eating Prang Hygieia chalk in case someone was curious. I had high hopes because it is supposed to be almost all calcium carbonate and it is very cheap. The texture was awesome. Crunchy and then buttery smooth. Once it became creamy, strangely enough, it seemed to have a sort of buttery taste. It was not at all earthy, which is what I'm looking for. I'm in no way knocking anyone who enjoys it, it just wasn't for me. Like Icy Chalk says, "Back to the drawing board".
That's my exact experience. I love the creamy, clean, non-earthy taste, but for people who like that earthy, fresh-rain taste, it's not good. They'll probably find it quite bland.

One thing though is that it picks up flavor exceptionally well. So if you have some and need to get rid of it, you may be able to flavor it to your liking by putting it in a paper bag or putting it in some fresh earth for a little while.
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7940 May 22, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
I haven't had any chalk in 2 days. I'm craving it so badly, but since I had surgery yesterday, I don't want to eat any until I'm more healed.
I can't even imagine2 hours without it. But you are right best to stay off it until you're completely healed. Best of luck!
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7941 May 22, 2014
Suri Clay wrote:
Finally got of my lazy *ss and got to the market...Airing out the chunks right now as I am back home..Getting ready and set up for pictures,which you can watch later in the day or tomorrow for sure..Hope you will enjoy these too...Much love....
Awesome pics!you're so brave to post on fb
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7942 May 22, 2014
suri clay wrote:
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No,just externally.So I can get it at a petshop?Thanks and @ everyone:put the pictures on Why we crave and love Clay FB.
Found out that shipping is really expensive,I don't know how MAVU does it.Maybe I should try to get a hold of her.....
Maybe partner up?
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7943 May 22, 2014
looking for clay wrote:
I just wanted to contribute my experience with eating Prang Hygieia chalk in case someone was curious. I had high hopes because it is supposed to be almost all calcium carbonate and it is very cheap. The texture was awesome. Crunchy and then buttery smooth. Once it became creamy, strangely enough, it seemed to have a sort of buttery taste. It was not at all earthy, which is what I'm looking for. I'm in no way knocking anyone who enjoys it, it just wasn't for me. Like Icy Chalk says, "Back to the drawing board".
I'm not a fan of prang either the taste n texture aren't for me unless I'm real desperate lol
I like stick to crayola n sargent
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7944 May 22, 2014
looking for clay wrote:
I wanted to share another clay eating experience for those of you who have not found your perfect clay yet. I am craving something deeply earthy and crunchy with little or no grit. The earthiest clay I have found to date is handmade diatomaceous earth which I buy from DoveTailGardenStore on Etsy. Unfortunately it is a powder and not crunchy. Also, eating large amounts of it causes irritation of my throat and digestive system. The best crunch I have found is from really, really hard white dirt, but I have found it to be pretty flavorless. The best quality white dirt I have recieved has the almost exact same flavor as sidewalk chalk. I found my holy grail of clay eating when I got the idea of eating white dirt dipped in DE. I got a wonderful earthiness and great texture. My only problem now is that white dirt costs me around $10 a pound once you include shipping. I just can't afford to order it regularly, so I have to resort to cornstarch to satisfy my cravings. Although, I have found cornstarch mixed with DE to be very tasty. I'm still hoping I can find a cheaper source for good white dirt.
Which supplier do you get white clay from?
crazy 4stuff

San Diego, CA

#7945 May 22, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
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That's my exact experience. I love the creamy, clean, non-earthy taste, but for people who like that earthy, fresh-rain taste, it's not good. They'll probably find it quite bland.
One thing though is that it picks up flavor exceptionally well. So if you have some and need to get rid of it, you may be able to flavor it to your liking by putting it in a paper bag or putting it in some fresh earth for a little while.
That's what i do with my chalk...add some earth it'll absorb the taste n taste very earthy when i eat it
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7946 May 23, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
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Awesome pics!you're so brave to post on fb
Thanks,just doing my part..And I tried contacting MAVU via FB but no response....
Curious

Mcdonough, GA

#7947 May 23, 2014
My clay came today !! I had to take me a chunk before I put it in a brown paper bag . So smooth & creamy . A little earthy but that's the reason why I put it in the brown paper bag . So it can dry out . It seems as though Wanda's bag gotten a little smaller :( oh well , I'll enjoy the clay for right now .
looking for clay

Southlake, TX

#7948 May 23, 2014
facefaceface wrote:
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That's my exact experience. I love the creamy, clean, non-earthy taste, but for people who like that earthy, fresh-rain taste, it's not good. They'll probably find it quite bland.
One thing though is that it picks up flavor exceptionally well. So if you have some and need to get rid of it, you may be able to flavor it to your liking by putting it in a paper bag or putting it in some fresh earth for a little while.
Thanks for the tip!
looking for clay

Southlake, TX

#7949 May 23, 2014
crazy 4stuff wrote:
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Which supplier do you get white clay from?
I've bought it from Leslie and a couple of different vendors on ebay. I'm going to try Mutt and Jeff. I just found out I can get 10 pounds for $20 dollars including shipping.
Curious

Mcdonough, GA

#7950 May 24, 2014
I finally told my boyfriend that I eat clay (white dirt) & the reason why I eat it & the deficiency & what can help to fix it . I told him all of that . He told me that he accepts it & he loves me . He even tried a piece of white dirt after I tried to describe to him what it taste like . He says it taste bitter (sour) & if it taste a little sweeter he'll eat it like it's regular food .:)
ann

Brooklyn, NY

#7951 May 24, 2014
I am wanting a nice chunk of clay. My mouth is watering so badly as I think of it. My cravings are so high.
Kellzgirl

Mooresville, NC

#7952 May 24, 2014
looking for clay wrote:
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I've bought it from Leslie and a couple of different vendors on ebay. I'm going to try Mutt and Jeff. I just found out I can get 10 pounds for $20 dollars including shipping.
I have 10 pounds coming from Mutt and Jeff on Tuesday! Can't wait! The clay I got from them last month was the best I have ever had yum! I put a pound or two in a brown paper lunch sack and microwave it for 6 to 8 mins. My mouth is watering just thinking of it!!
Suri Clay

Paramaribo, Suriname

#7953 May 24, 2014
ann wrote:
I am wanting a nice chunk of clay. My mouth is watering so badly as I think of it. My cravings are so high.
I hear you.Don't you ever buy like Wanda's or Mutt and Jeff or anywhere else??
ann

Brooklyn, NY

#7955 May 24, 2014
Yes I have bought from them many times. I have not had any clay since the beginning of 2013. I have been hold off but the cravings are high. I get 10 lbs and it last along time I do not consume that much. I just love that crunchy, earthy and smoothness. Sometimes I think I like it better than food. Lol. It just that good.
facefaceface

Lawrenceburg, IN

#7956 May 24, 2014
ann wrote:
Yes I have bought from them many times. I have not had any clay since the beginning of 2013. I have been hold off but the cravings are high. I get 10 lbs and it last along time I do not consume that much. I just love that crunchy, earthy and smoothness. Sometimes I think I like it better than food. Lol. It just that good.
Just out of curiosity, especially if you only eat a small amount at a time, why did you quit?
Have you noticed any differences, health or otherwise, since quitting?
Mobu Consumer

South Africa

#7957 May 25, 2014
suri clay wrote:
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The molded is very light.The chunks are a bit heavy and very compact.Very smooth,creamy and no grit at all.What did the clay you had taste like?
The white clay I used to eat is similer to the one Koodoo Zebless posted on the 8th of Feb this year in a torn plastic bag on 'why we crave and love to eat clay' page on facebook. It was also smooth, creamy and it would stick a little bit to your gums and teeth but it wasn't chalky, it was a bit hard but would go smooth as soon as it got in contact with saliva. Mmmmmmmmm! Goodness I miss that clay! We should seriously consider doing a clay festival lol.

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