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. amiesha`

    Im a 24 year old female and i’ve been eating starch for as long as i could remember. Try to do whatever you can to get rid of the craving. at 21 i almost lost my life and had to get blood transfusions the starch is to thick and will clogg you up

  2. sharee
    newark nj

    I have been eating cornstarch for about 12 years and I love it. However, the cravings come and go but I’ve been told I am anemic. I refuse to take iron pills because they make me sick. The only advice I can give is to not swallow it. I chew it and spit it out. The taste is none other than marvelous. I will not stop eating it even though I am embarrassed when people ask me why I am eating it. I am addicted and because I am at work most of the day I only eat about one container a week. I don’t travel with it but if I get a craving I will stop by the nearest grocery store. I eat Argo cornstarch in the yellow container they stopped making the boxes. I use to eat the box and add ice in the box because I want the crunch. I can’t eat it from every store because it tastes different so I have a few stores in my neighborhood I buy it from.

  3. 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…..

  4. 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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