Q. What are the health implications of consuming large quantities of cornstarch?

A. A person who craves cornstarch might have pica. This condition is frequently triggered by iron or zinc deficiency. We have heard from readers hooked on carrots, radishes, ice chips and popcorn. The cravings may disappear once the deficiency is corrected.

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  1. tiffany

    Yes I love starch I eat all day everyday why do I crave it? I want to stop eating it I go thru a box of starch in 2 days I go crazy when I run out like I am now help me please..

    • An-gee

      same here I eat a box in one to two days, I do drink plenty of water, but I cough a lot when I do eat it. I do know that my iron is low…just hate taking pills, but if my health is h=going to be effective by eating it I will stop I have made it to see 51yrs and I would love to see more years…..

  2. Geronda S.

    I am almost fifty my aunts use to eat cornstarch when I was young. About 12 or 13 years ago I started eating starch and it is only getting worse. Some days I might not eat but once a day because of my eating starch I have it in every room in my home if I am leaving for a visit to one of my family members home most of the time I take it with me but they all know so they keep some just in case of a craving if go out of town I take it with me I can eat a container of cornstarch in 2 days it’s crazy. I have stopped but when I go back to eating it I eat a whole lot more some one please help me.

    • The People's Pharmacy

      Ask your doctor to check if you are low in iron or zinc. Correcting a deficiency can reduce or eliminate the craving.

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