Q. I have been eating Argo cornstarch since I was 19. It started when I was in my first pregnancy and I’ve been eating it ever since. I used to eat a box a day and I think it is making me gain weight. I’m trying to cut back but it’s hard. I also have a very low blood count. I have tried everything possible to stop but nothing is helping. I’m 33.

A. Your low blood count may provide the explanation. Ask your doctor about correcting the anemia. Low iron or zinc levels can sometimes trigger pica, a craving for non-food substances. Cornstarch and laundry starch are common objects of cravings, but we have also heard from readers who crave ice chips or even foods such as popcorn, carrots or radishes. Usually these cravings disappear once the deficiency is eliminated.

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  1. Anonymous

    I have been eating several cups of crushed ice everyday since I was 13. I’m 31 now. I know I have anemia, but when I took iron supplements they made my poo black. So, I stopped taking them. I also have tried to cut back, and add cups of water instead. I will call the doctor, but I really don’t know of there’s a fix for me. I upped my green vegetables for a while, but I always go back to eating ice.

  2. Audit Queen

    I have been starch free since 2009. I stopped cold turkey. It will be officially six years in September. If I can stop you all can overcome this addiction as well. I must admit it wasn’t easy. I love the weight loss and my new figure. I’m not one to brag, but I must admit I’m a brick house. Eating starch destroyed my teeth and I’m looking at thousands of dollars in repair. I also have to see a gastroenterologist because of chronic constipation issues. Ladies leave the stuff alone. I must admit the cravings will return. Out of the blue they start hitting me recently. I’ll watch people eating the stuff on YouTube. But I have not given in to the temptations. I love my health way more than that stuff.

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