Cause For Cornstarch Cravings?

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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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When I was working as a diet aide at a metropolitan hospital, a dietician mentioned that a craving for bread indicated a Vitamin B need.

My cravings for cornstarch started when I was pregnant with my now 3 yr old who will be 4 monday, March 3... I still crave it, and I go through 4-5 boxes of argo cornstarch a week, and I have tried to give it up. Is this unhealthy? Who do I go to to to stop these cravings?


I begin eating cornstarch about 5 years ago. I consume about 5 boxes a week. I now use a straw. I think it has contributed to weight gain, and I am positive it causes constipation. Would love to kick the habit.

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 trying to cut back but it's hard. I also have a very low blood count, and I think it is making me gain weight. I have tried everything possible to stop but nothing helping. Advice please. I'm 33.

I have been eating corn starch for about 10 years, and it's like when I'm nervous or I just dont know I'm eating it more and more and afraid that it will cause me to gain weight. I had tha gastric bypass surgery 2 years okay but in a way it decreases my appetite.

Ashia, I also had the gastric bypass surgery. I gained weight from eating a box of cornstarch a day. Sometime I would eat 2 boxes a day. I went to my primary care doctor and he tested my blood and discovered that my iron, b12 and potassium were extremely low. He prescribed me some iron pills, gave me a b12 shot and I now have to have a glass of orange juice and eat a banana every day for my potassium. I have been doing this for a month and I still crave for cornstarch. It is hard, but I don't want to keep gaining weight.

Stay away from it. It does make you gain weight. A box of cornstarch has 1600 calories. I am "kicking" a box a day habit. I loved Argo, Hodkins Mill, and Clabber girl. I thinks it's part psychological. It's been almost six months...I'm eating crushed ice from Quiktrip.

I LOVE cornstarch!!! I can not explain it. THere are times where if I had a choice between a full meal and a tablespoon of starch, I would take the starch in a heartbeat!!

I have been eating cornstarch ever since I saw my mom doing it. That was over 5 years ago. She told me her aunts used to eat it also. I heard it comes from low iron as well as being an african american female can pass on the habit, which I can't help but believe since I'm a black woman. I hate the habit, but I love the taste (if you could call it that) and texture. I'm just glad I'm not the only person that likes it!

Please can someone anywhere tell me how I can stop eating cornstarch. It is affecting my sinus and I have this awful cough and shortness of breath, HELP.

I first tried corn starch 8 years ago and didn't like it not until a year ago I tried it again for what reason I have no clue and been trying to stop the craving. My iron is really low and I have gain weight.

Before I started eating corn starch I weigh 117lbs now I weigh 134lbs which is a big weight gain to me. When I get disgusted with eating it I pour it in the stool and see how the water make it turns into clumps, I'm just wondering what our stomach look like on the inside.

It really don't have a taste I just like to have the gritty feeling in my mouth. I really would like to stop because even tho it may not be harmful right now but as the years come and we get older I think it's going to seriously be a health issue. Some advice please!


Hello, I used to eat starch about 7 years ago when I was pregnant but just made up my mind one day to stop. It was not until 3 1/2 years ago that I started again when I was going through a very stressful time in my life when my health was at its worst. Three years later I went from weighing 122 to 154 pounds. I went as far as eating almost two boxes a day. People would ask me all the time if I was pregnant or if I just had a baby.

This made me even more depressed. One day I just got sick of being tired, depressed and overweight and for what, some white powder that does nothing for me at all. I did a two week complete body detox. I started walking 3- miles a day and going to the gym. I also drank more water (1 ounce for every pound) and I also started taking Geritol complete vitamins.

The directions say to take one a day but FOR ME, I needed to take two a day to really get my iron back up. It takes red blood cells about 120 days or 4 months to replace themselves so with time and will power anyone can kicked this bad habit. So far with just taking starch out of my diet, I have lost 14 pounds. I want my body back.

I started a group for people who have pica. The cornstarch group ( I was anemic for over 30 years & never tested until 4 1/2 years ago and have since been free off and on. I advise everyone who has pica (cornstarch, laundry starch, chalk, Kaolin, baking soda or baking powder, dirt, comet, etc.) to download information on PICA from the internet and take it to their doctor.

Most doctors don't know what pica is or have forgotten. Please feel free to stop by the group or send an e mail to us. We are non judgmental, advise everyone one to see their doctor although some people believe they have it under control and don't want to stop.

Wow! It's so interesting to hear of so many women eating argo starch. I'm 48 yrs old and I ate it back in 1980 when I was pregnant. Once I had my child, I no longer craved it, but I was told that it had to do with an iron deficiency. I have not craved or eaten it in 28 yrs and now out of the blue, the craving is back!!!

I couldn't believe it. I couldn't find the crunchy kind, so I got the cornstarch and it's satisfying the craving. I don't swallow it, I just take a spoonful at a time (about 4 of them) and chew for a second and spit it out by washing my mouth out.

It's crazy! I chew it, all the while the water is running and I wash it out because I don't want too much of it in my system. I don't know the harm, but I'm thinking there has to be something wrong with it. I'm going to buy me some iron today and see if that will eventually take the craving away.

As I type this, I'm craving. I wake up in the middle of the night, putting it in my mouth and washing it out. I feel like some type of reverse anorexic. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories. It makes me feel less like a freak (smile). It's about that crunch and something about the taste which only lasts for a hot second or two but satisfies something within me. I guess as I get older, I'm needing more iron and that's why the craving has come back.

I had craved baking soda when I was pregnant, and about 3 years after my child was born I started with corn starch. I stop after eating it for a year and a half. But now I find myself thinking about, reading web sites about it and wanting to go buy a box and eat it. I'm trying not to go to the store right now and get me a box and relive that crunch and taste!

I had a craving for cornstarch again just recently. I later went to Red Cross to donate and found out my iron was too low and I wasn't able to donate at the time, I feel really bad about it so I'm quitting. After reading the articles here I am convinced that taking iron pills are better for me. I recommend the iron pills Feosol. I hope my love for cornstarch will go away. Good luck.

I crave cornstarch, I am 38 weeks pregnant. I eat it when I get stressed out because it feels like chewing on ice..the squeaky texture. I began just tasting it because I heard others craved it, so I tried it, and it kinda grew on me. now I eat a argo box about every 2-3 weeks.

I used to chew it and then spit it out after it was liquid, now I eat a huge spoonful and chew it and swallow it. I think its better than food, and it does make me not hungry anymore. I feel stuffed if I eat a few tablespoons. It does also cause me to get constipated for like 3 days at a time. I have to stop eating it so I can go to the bathroom.

I have lost a lot of weight during my pregnancy because I would rather eat a spoon of this rather than some food. I know it can't be healthy but my iron is extremely low, I take 2 iron pills a day and no help yet. I have been tested for other blood issues but nothing yet. I also have a bad thyroid, so maybe this is also a problem.

I will stop eating it after this last box. Its hard but you just have to make up your mind. I quit eating it after my last pregnancy, this is when I first tried it, and I didn't like it. It was funny because this is when my iron went up from8 to 10.
my iron is 9 now, so maybe it will be fine after I deliver.
well, best of luck to everyone, :)

I crave cornstarch, and I have for about 8 years now. I had stopped eating it at one time, but I started craving it again once I stopped taking my vitamins. But, even when I was pregnant, and taking my vitamins, I still craved it. As a teenager, I had a craving for dirt that went on for years. I figured cornstarch was safer than dirt. My older sister used to eat flour, but I didn't like that. I know it's not healthy, but I like the taste. I didn't know cornstarch had so many calories, the box says there are no calories.

I have been eating argo corn starch for six years and I am 26 now. I get really sick. I eat about three boxes a day now. I used to eat about 10 a day. I have taken iron pills and the whole nine i don't know what else to do. I need help. My next step is Psychiatrist.

I first ate white school chalk on a dare. I have been eating it ever since. It is very frighting when I can consume a box of crayola sidewalk chalk a day.I eat the colored kind (20) fat sticks. When I told my Dr. about it he laughed said, "oh, that's called PICA", the most it can do is back you up a bit.. I don't know what to do, I crave it all the time I know I need real help to fix this. Any ideas?

My craving is a little different from everyone else's. I crave the dust of dirt and ice. But my dirt craving is the strongest.
I will be buying some iron pills tomorrow.

Gee I've been hooked on Argo on and off since I was 4 yrs old. (Saw my mom eating it). I like mine freezing cold and would go through about 1/4 box per day now. I'm 24 wks pregnant and have gained 10lbs in one month I believe due to the starch. I always liked it but never craved until now. I have to stop. I bought some SSS Tonic and hope it helps. Anyone got relief after taking iron?

I've been eating cornstarch on and off about 15 years now. I have tried to stop my kids catch me eating and buying in all the time. I go through 2 boxes a day! I have a low blood cell count and leg cramps and gained and lost some weight. I like the new plastic container argo now makes. My great grandmother got me started and I can't seem to stop completely. Glad to know I am not alone. I let my kids taste it they don't like it as much as me of course. I hate when I spill it on my clothes its so hard to get off. And now my lips seem to be getting dry I wonder if it comes from eating so much.

Hello to all my cornstarch sisters, I honestly know how you all feel. I have been eating starch on and off for about 15 years, I use to see my mom eating the hard crunchy starch in the blue box back in 70's and I can't forget that taste. When you crave starch it is definitely an anemia problem. My blood count is 6.9 I can't really take any iron pills so I take Flinstone Vitamins with iron which is still not helping my blood count. I love starch so much until it just makes my mouth water thinking about it. I don't like the new Argo Cornstarch that is in the container it has a funny taste so I really don't eat it like I use to. I like the starch that is in the box.

I been eating cornstarch since i was 16. I am 24 now. I just cant stop. I want to know if it is bad 4 me. I would like to stop, but I just can't.



Have your doctor check for anemia or zinc deficiency. Some people develop a craving for non-food items (like cornstarch). If the deficiency is corrected the craving may disappear.

I just love cornstarch..I don't know why i actually thought i was the only one that sucks it out of a straw. I go through like 7 boxes in a week.I KNOW this is a real problem!I craved cornstarch since i was 17 weeks pregnant with my son who will be a year in December. I've been hooked since. My husbands calls it crackstarch... I want to stop but find myself wanting it more and more everyday.The cravings have gotten worse i hide it in my glove box so that my husband won't know I'm still eating it . MY car is a mess from the cornstarch it's everywhere please help!

when I would get cravings,I would get a box and then take a couple of sucks with the straw and throw it away. I had to get rid of it,because It caused me to have yeast infections. I take iron pills, and when I get cravings, I try to think about something else, and eat something to take the taste away. It's all in the mind!!!!

I'm 23 and I stopped eating cornstarch last December. I had ate it for 10-12 years. My mom used to eat it and I would sneak and eat hers. Once I got older I would just go to the store and buy it myself, around this time my mom had lost a taste for it and stopped eating it. I would buy 4-5 boxes at a time and eat a box every 2-3 days. Luckily I have not gained weight, but I am anemic and it has weakened my teeth. I would chew on the corn starch until it turned into a liquid so now my back teeth sits further down than my front teeth. It's not very noticeable to others, but it's something I have noticed.

I could go all day without eating a meal as long as I had my corn starch. I would crave it while I was away from home and once I got home the first thing I'd do was get some. I loved the way it tasted and the texture of it in my mouth. Many times at the grocery store the cashier would ask me if I ate it, and I would lie and say no and that it was for someone else. They would always say it was bad for you.

Still I crave it, but everyday I have to fight myself not to go buy any. It is truly like a drug addiction. I can't wait for the day I don't think about it at all. In times of stress is when I crave it the most.

Good luck to everyone who has this eating are not alone!

As a child I would crave dirt. Most of us ate mud pies. I remember seeing piles of dirt and saying I wish I had a spoon. It stopped for a few years. But about 7 years ago I started craving starch. Argo corn starch , there is a difference in the taste. I can even tell a fresh box from a stale box. It seemed after I ate I had to have some starch. Like many who smoke. I don't smoke. It just seemed to relax me, soothe me. Not better than sex but very satisfying.

Nonetheless I stopped for months at a time. Then I just start back all over again. I take a multi-vitamin but still seem to have the craving. It gets really bad when you make a special trip to the store just to by the corn starch.I noticed the weight gain especially in my stomach I hate it. I going to stop again and start taking some B12 vitamins maybe that will help. But unlike the others it takes me about a week or two to finish a box. Maybe there's healing for me. I can't see eating a box or two a day. It makes my stomach hurt. Just a little info from a fellow Argo starch user- lol

I grew up watching my mother eat cornstarch and would have a spoon full now and then but up until maybe 6 months ago, I've been craving it like crazy. I am 18 and there are just so many stories on here that I relate to such as not being able to donate blood because of my low iron level. Until today, I had no idea that it is possibly linked to me eating cornstarch.

Scary..but I too have also gained weight..over 30 pounds actually (30 freaking pounds!) and every time I buy a box, I always profess that it will be my last one and that I would diet to lose the weight. Not quite. My boyfriend doesn't like me eating it and I have found myself hiding it from him and lying about it to him. My older sister also eats it and my mother occasionally buys herself a box and I figure even if I do kick the habit, with all of that argo lying around, it wouldn't be for long.

I am so happy that I have stumbled across this site because I was unaware that so many other women shared my habit. Its great to know that I am not alone. Ladies, lets kick this the way, I think its time to see my doctor about this because based on what everyone is saying, I need me some iron pills. lol be blessed sisters...

OMG!! I have been eating cornstarch for a year now and I cant cut back on it I go through almost 8 boxes of cornstarch a month. I crave cornstrach 24/7 even at school, I love ARGO cornstarch I really need to try cuttin back on it please help me get rid of my habit!

Wow! When i saw all the comments on this website, i was relieved to know that so many of us has this cornstarch addiction. My mom use to eat the argo laundry starch when i was very young, and i tried it, but never became addicted during that time. She quit eating it while i was still young. About a year ago i got a strong craving for starch, not sure about what the Argo cornstarch would taste like, i bought a box, tasted it, and have been eating it every since. Like so many of you, i think about it when i am not eating it, or don't have it. I love the texture, and how it feels going down my throat. I want to quit, but find it difficult as well.

I, too, have an addiction. I eat flour. I started when I was 19, when I was pregnant. After I gave birth, I stopped though. Then when I went through a really stressful time when I was 27, I started it again. I went from 125 pounds to 225 in about two years. I know it's the flour. I'm 37 now, still very overweight, still addicted to flour. I started corn starch recently just because it has less calories than flour, so maybe as I try to get off flour, corn starch may be a better alternative.

This has ruined my life. It seems that every time I eat a meal, I want flour afterwards. When I diet and simply don't eat, the flour cravings do go away, but that never lasts for long. You gotta eat eventually, and when I do, my mouth waters for flour. And not just any flour. I like old, stale, past-the-expiration-date flour. Since most grocery stores sell the freshest goods, I even go so far as to travel to places like liquor stores and gas station markets to find old flour, since they're more likely to have stale food items. I am a mess! I really do need help. And, I am so tired of being fat. Sometimes I just want to end it all.

I am thirty eight years old and I have been chewing starch since I was 27. I am anemic and I have to have it. I want to quit but I am truly addicted. I have developed dysphagia and I really do not want food much. Once I quit this time. I will not chew anymore starch...

Here it is Thanksgiving Day. I have all of the Holiday food before me. All I could think about is going to Walmart to get a box of cornstarch. Yes, I've gotten to the point were I would rather have cornstarch than normal food. Well, after I was able to get away from family members, I made my way to Walmart and bought my cornstarch. This time I picked up a bottle of zinc and some iron supplements. I am hoping this will calm my cravings. I too have gain a significant amount of weight from eating cornstarch (40 lbs). I have to stop this madness. I am glad I found this site. I don't feel so alone any more.

I hope someone has gotten in touch with Sherry...The poster who mentioned feeling like ending it all. I am not sure what you mean by that but please yes this is a condition which leads to some health problems such as weight gain but it can be helped. Please don't feel alone or beat yourself up over this. Go see your doctor and get blood work up also please speak with a professional if you are feeling this bad. It sounds like you may be depressed as well and that can be helped too. Take care Sherry and hang in there.

My story...I am an ice eater and a starch eater. Idon't like the argo as much as the organic kind. The organic has a better taste but is much more expensive. My kids call it crack. So when they see me eating it they tell me just say noooo....

I didn't know it caused tooth problems but I do have major bone loss per my dentist he put me on antibiotics but said there is no reversal...I guess in a way this stuff is like crack if I am going to be toothless in a few years. I hide my habit from everyone except my kids.

I have sinus problems from this and yeast infections which I did not understand why but now it all makes sense. I am also constipated. One day I had to go to the restroom so bad and was at the store with my daughter. I left the store and told her to go check out quickly we had to go. I sat in the car with my stomach cramping worse than labor pains and I was sweating, hot and dizzy.

I also eat a spoonful or two after I eat a meal it just kind of tops it off. When I am on the computer first thing in the morning I have 4 or 5 spoonfuls with my morning coffee I usually wont eat anything until dinner cause I have a few spoonfuls during the afternoon.

I keep telling myself I am going to quit because I don't like this stuff inside of me knowing it is blocking normal elimination and for sure toxins are probably building up inside of me from not being regular.

I get headaches from this stuff and it messes up my clothes. I try so hard not to get it on day I went to the store with my daughter and when I got out of the car she told me I had it all over the back and side of my pants.

I like to put it in my mouth and hold it until it forms a big ball and then I break it up and swallow it...that makes my throat hurt but I cant stop.

I know my iron is low and I have always been anemic. When I was really young I would sit on the curb by our house after the sun came out after a rain. I would eat the dirt balls as they dried up I also occasionally ate the heads off of matches but did not like that. I like to smell ice. When I go to the store that has an ice cooler with ice in it I put my head in it and breathe in the smell.

Well it is good to know I am not alone but sad that so many of us are suffering with this. May we all be blessed and start taking our vitamins and kick this habit. Take Care ht


Hi am 40 years old and I consume baby powder, my pica condition started 22 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, I craved dirt and I consumed even after given birth. I ate dirt for about 17 years and then I heard about cornstarch and decided to try it and became instantly hooked. I ate that for about 4 years and then one day I decided to give the cornstarch up and go cold turkey, I went for about a week and was determined not to give in, but my cravings got so bad that I had to have something, I was in my bathroom and noticed some vagasil feminine powder which contained cornstarch and I poured some in my hand and tasted it, I really didn't enjoy the taste but the texture was dry and good, before I knew it I had eaten the whole bottle, and begin to develop a taste for the perfumed taste with the cornstarch, I went to the store and decided to try some baby powder with cornstarch and I have been hooked for the past year, I don't even desire the plain cornstarch anymore, but I'm worried that the fragrance may be really bad for me! I know I really need help.

Hi every1, i just recently started eating argo laundry starch. My aunt let me taste it and since then i have been tasting it in my mouth even wen i'm not eating it..i don't know if this argo laundry starch causes weight gain like the argo cornstarch does but if it does i guess i can stand to gain a few pounds lol. Can some1 tell me if it does cause weight gain?

Wow! all these things are exactly what has happened to me, every time i say that i am going to quit, i eat more, i am at almost a full box a day. I am an african american female and i wonder if race has any relation. I am just curious. i remember i started when i could not get magnesium carbonate, or gym chalk which was sold in the pharmacies, its also a laxative and comes in a block and i was eating at least a block a day. when the pharmacist stoped selling it i started the starch.

at first i didn't like it and then i began to make myself eat it. bad mistake, i can eat starch and do not want to eat anything else. i am already over weight and have found that eating it i cannot lose weight. my skin is horrible, flaky, bumpy and a whole lot of pimples. my mouth and throat are dry all the time but i still like it and want it.

i consider myself to be very classy and it is embarrassing when i eat it everywhere when no-one is looking. I have even started eating it at work. i try to find stores that sell it because not every store sells it. i just want to stop, or i think what i really want is to keep eating it not have any of the problems that associated with it.

Wow! I am amazed at the stories I am reading. I use to eat the Argo starch around 30 years ago when it came in clumps. I stopped eating it. On 10/18/08, I was in Georgia at my Dad's family reunion and I got this really strong urge. I stopped in the gas station and bought some, and have been eating a box a week from then on. I noticed the weight gain. I also have serious medical issues. I have CKD & CHD. I am anemic, and I have to take Iron Infusions weekly. I keep saying I am going to quit, but I cant seem to leave it alone. My kids and husband worry so much about it and so do I.

I don't think that eating something like that so much can't really hurt you. Somewhere down the line, I think we are all going to regret it, but what do we do. It is hard to quit. I like to mix mine in a bowl at night and pour it on a paper plate & sit it on top of my refrigerator with the ceiling fan on, by morning it is clumped and hard. I love the crunchiness. It is keeping me constipated bad, but I love it. I guess this is the way drug addicts do, just can't leave it alone. Let us pray you all for each of us. Slim I too am African American.

Wow, Okay I am totally blown away!!! My god mother eats Argo Laundry starch and I moved away from her in the late 80's. I never had the craving for it. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2001 (always anemic)I had my very first craving in 2003. I went into the store not knowing what I was looking for but I saw Cornstarch, so I figured this has to be the same thing. I've been hooked ever since. I have gained back the weight I lost plus I have had to have teeth removed and countless yeast infections. i consume about 3 boxes a week. Like everyone else I would rather have it most of the time than food, especially meat. Where is the answer?

Hello Everyone...I have been eating Argo Cornstarch on and off for about 15 yrs now. I started about I 28 years old. The only time I didn't eat any AT ALL is when I was pregnant. Yes...I got it from my grandmother like most of us. For helps when you are stressed. At one point in time, I was going thru 4 boxes a week but I've cut back a whole lot. I don't even want to eat a full box now. It's makes me very tired and fatigued, but I crave. I hate the fact I eat this but I can't help it. I've been to the doctor once before about this a he prescribed me Stuart Prenatal pills. They were helpful until they were all gone! I will be letting my doctor know again because I need my energy back!

I Am A 35year Old Black Female Who Has A Very Strong Addiction To Argo Corn Starch For The Past Four Years. I Am Overweight & Have High Blood Pressure, this Is A Cry For Help. How Do I Stop Eating The Starch? It Makes My Mouth Dry, my Blood Low, my Chest Hurts, my Limbs Cramp, mood Swings & I Have Gained Pounds. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!


This message is for Sherry who posted on November 6, 2008 8:49 PM. I don't know what you mean by end it all and I only just read this message this morning.

I just want to tell you don't despair there are a lot of people out here just like you who are struggling with their PICA, we have the Cornstarch Discussion Group ( and I am sure you will find help if you want or maybe just talking to some one will help.

Even though is called the Cornstarch group we have members who consume chalk, baking powder/soda, powder, flour, paper, sponges, money (yes I said money) and more.

There are some who love to consume and those who are struggling to stop and those who just are in between.

Please contact us as a matter of fact EVERYONE IS INVITED TO CONTACT US.

Joe and Terry Graedon you are also welcome to visit our page you will definitely learn more about what makes a PICAN a PICAN.

GOD Bless Us All.

I am 42 and have eaten starch/corn starch off and on since my teens. I started eating because my mom ate it, and stopped when I went to college. Started again when I was pregnant at 37, I kept a box in my desk. After my daughters birth I stopped, and about 4 weeks ago I had a craving for it and got a box which I am still eating from. Hearing others eat a box a day makes me feel better because I force myself to only eat a spoonful or two a day. I know my anemia is to blame and hopefully getting it under control will help. My 4year old daughter asked for some when she saw me eating starch and I do NOT want her to start. Glad I found this page.

OK, I didn't know eating starch could damage my teeth. That frightens me BIG time. I ate starch during my 1st pregnancy in 1980. The craving just hit me again after 28 years!!! I can't believe it's happening.

I love to eat starch but then i hate it also. I chew it because i just want the taste of it. I went to my dr. who was from Arfica and he told me it was common in black females to eat dirt or should say Clay because it was high in Iron. To be real it is clay that i really want to eat but it is hard to find, so i end up eating cornstarch. i only eat the one in the box, the pink box is better.

when i went to my dr. who is from africa he put me on B6 and iron gave me a b12 shot and in a week i was not thinking about cornstarch so i know it is something my body is telling me i need. now that i have a different doctor he does not know much about it and seems like he don't want to know. I really want to stop eating starch because i see that it is not good for my blood. it will make you have high fat in you blood and we all know were that can lead. I need God for this because not 1 thing seem to help me.

well...i am 18 yrs old and my aunt used to give me giant table spoons and would tell me to swallow...i thought cornstarch was so nasty but 2 yrs ago i had this craving out of no got to the point where i was eating a box a day of argo...then i switched to clabbergirl which i really really like a lot and i cant stop...i actually want some now...i haven't gained any weight though but i still cant stop...i actually went to the dentist and mind u i don't eat candy a lot but the dentist told me that i had 12 cavities and a possible needing of a root really scared that im gonna mess up my teeth or even life...i don't know what to do. im at a loss.

I first started craving cornstarch and Johnson& Johnson's baby powder almost four years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I did not make any efforts to correct the issue and it went away after about one year. My son is almost four years old and I'm back craving it again. I obviously gained weight but i was so tall and skinny until it didn't show much. But i feel that it's unhealthy and can lead to more problems in the future. I also find that when I eat it I'm depleted of all energy. I need help. I been back eating it for one week. I mean it's sitting on my nightstand next to my bed 24/7. I can't shake this craving. It's better than STEAKS.

I love corn starch so much... I love to add baking soda to it. I think I'm anemic. I'm 16 going on 17. I don't like the new plastic box from Argo. It doesn't have the same taste as the one in the box. I'm glad I'm not alone.

OMG.. i've been eating cornstarch for like 6 years now and i am 17 years old. I used to eat cornstarch out of the box with a plastic spoon. Then i began sucking it through a straw . Then one day in the summer i decided to mix it with water, but not with too much. What i would do is that put about 4 spoons of cornstarch in a cup and then add about a little bit of water until its like clumpyish, and kind of like watery dough. it is so gooodd!! i just love it. my parents get mad at me because i love it so much, but what can i do. Its not my fault I'm addicted to cornstarch. I could skip a whole day without eating just as long as i got my cornstarch and water beside me. i feel so much better now knowing that I'm not alone in this situation. And hopefully someday i wont have this addiction when i have kids and get married.

Oh my goodness I knew you all were out there but I didn't know it was that many. This was like a support group for cornstarch eaters. it taste so good I don't swallow it because I noticed when I swallowed it I would gain weight, stomach would look bloated so now I just take spoonfuls at a time and chew but I don't swallow. It tastes so good I even add water in it and let it dry so that it can be crunchy kind of like chalk.

It's like a drug habit that I try to kick but can't. But I have to admit that it's like my cigarette and it is a cheaper habit than most, at least I won't be on the corner looking for it I can go to the neighborhood store and purchase it and then go home and indulge in it.

I'm glad I found this site even though I have no profound words of wisdom to encourage anybody with, it is good to know I'm not alone and maybe one day we will all kick the cornstarch habit.

I think I first started eating Cornstarch about 4 years ago after seeing a relative who was addicted to it. I decided to try it. I wasn't instantly hooked but I started to crave the "taste" of it. But before I became addicted to cornstarch I was addicted to gold metal flour, then gold metal self-rising flour. I am also IN LOVE with ice. I am addicted to it! Again, I love the "taste".

I love the ice from sonic and the shaved ice. When I first went online to find out if cornstarch consumption is harmful, I was shocked at how many people were going through the same thing. I can go through a whole can of clabbergirl in about a week, which is an improvement because there was a time when I would go through a can in about 4 days.

I don't think my habit is as bad as a lot of people out there but I do know that I need to stop before it gets worse. I cant say for sure if the starch has caused me to gain weight but before when I use to eat a lot more of it a weighed about 125 but now since I have cut back a bit I now weigh less.

Unlike other addicts who complain about the weight issue, I want to gain weight. My doctor told me that I have low blood and gave me iron pills. I don't know if it is related to the starch but sometimes I feel so nauseous after eating it and even when I don't, I don't know why. I'm 19 and I want to kick the habit but I love cornstarch. When I'm stressed out or worried I just eat it and its like a release, it is like a drug.

My name is Shy, I am an African American Female. I am 17 and I have been eating cornstarch as long as I can remember! The taste is just a feeling that I cant understand. My family knows that I have this addiction and they all hate it. Recently, my grandmother found my starch in my room and now I have a very important doctors appointment.

Just as all the other girls, I have frequent headaches, I am unable to eat any kind of sweets because of my tooth problems, I suffer from bloody stool because of the constipation, I also have yeast infections a lot. I have lived the past couple of years hiding it from my loved ones. Yes, I am severely anemic, I have Iron pills. Recently my school held a blood drive, & I was turned around.

The pains that I have in my abdominal region is a pain that I can't describe. Unlike the other females I haven't gained weight. I am 5'9 so maybe I am just unable to recognize it. At first I was eating it with a spoon, it had got to the point that I didn't care what It was a spoon or a straw. It is very addictive and I am trying my hardest to break the habit. I know that it is no good for me! Lets break the habit together! GOD BLESS

Ive been eating cornstarch since I was a child. My mother used to eat it and my cravings increased while I was pregnant with the twins. I haven't eaten a box in a week and its killing me. I have started to gain weight and now know it is the cause of my low blood. My mother ate corn starch for over 2 years and before her death she needed a blood transfusion. After reading these articles this has given me the strength to kick the habit. thank you all. I'm a African American female.

I am an African American female and I am also addicted to cornstarch and I occasionally eat baking powder. I have two sister that also eat it. One of my sisters used to eat flour also. I'm scared this may cause health problems in the future but its hard to stop eating it.

Hi everyone, I too have this craving and I know its not good for me. I started when I was younger and the craving went away for a long time then all of a sudden the cravings came back. Oh wow, this time it got out of hand, not a box but the new containers they have from argo. One a day I didn't care I had to have it. People say it will dry your blood up. It didn't matter too me, I still went on with it until I got real weak and now I am on iron pills and it took the craving away but I stopped taking the pills because of constipation.

Now I wanna go back craving, I think anemia plays a part in being hooked on cornstarch. I think the more u eat the more u become anemic so now you're stuck on it not knowing what to do, so I say stick to the iron pills and and kick the habit before its to late.

OMG I am so happy to know I'm not the only one. I had a baby 9 months ago and he passed away. I think I went into depression and started craving things I had stop eating when I was a child. I am 28 years but have a habit of going in the bathroom and turning the cornstarch powder bottle up and just have a good old time.

I eat a bottle a week, every Friday I go to Target and buy a new bottle. If I don't make it to the store I have cornstarch hiding under the cabinet to help me make it until I make to the store. I too have gained weight, I seem to have gained more than I did when I was pregnant. My body cramps up a lot and I seem to be tired a whole lot.

I think I need some help. My family hates the fact that I eat powder the way that I do, and when I can't get powder I want Ice. I don't know what to do, I've tried to stop numerous of times but it's like drugs I seem to have withdrawals and have to go get it. I remember I went on vacation a few weeks ago and didn't take any powder with me. I was stopping at all the stores trying to find cornstarch baby powder. I NEED HELP!

I have been eating cornstarch since my first child and she is six years old and I know have two other children ages three and one. I love cornstarch and it seems every time I try and stop I always end up buying more and more. I thought that it makes you lose weight but I read some ones article that said it makes you gain weight. I don't know but I have really tried to stop eating it and I can't so I guess I will continue.

I had been eating red dirt for almost 17 years, until one day I went to the doctor and I had a bacteria in my stomach that caused infection throughout my body. My stomach was so bloated and hurting you wouldn't imagine. The doctor told me at that time if i did not quit eating red dirt that I would be signing my own death certificate.

Since then quit eating the red dirt about 6 months ago, and I was in the grocery store and I passed by the Argo Starch and I looked at it and looked at it and I bought a box (the yellow and red box) and I have been eating that ever since. I want to stop the cornstarch craving but it is very hard. I want it the most after I eat lunch or supper or early in the morning.

I know the cornstarch is not good for me because I was having bad stomach cramps and I could not use the bathroom at all. Any addiction is bad, whether it be drugs or Pica Addiction, all of it is bad for our health. I am going to the doctor today and have my Iron checked and my Zinc Deficieny checked, I do not want this craving anymore.

I have gained about 12 lbs in the last 2 months because of the cornstarch. And I feel miserable after eating it, it is a sad thing to know that I have a problem that I know is not good for me and I cannot even control it on my own!!!!!! Please Pray For Me.

well i've been eating starch for about 4 years. i go through about 3 or 4 boxes a week. i don't know why i crave it. but if i don't have it my day is really bad. its just something i have to have.

It is very addictive. It's like cocaine the more you "pop" you can't stop. I had a physical the other day and my iron was very low because of it, yet the cravings are there. Iron doesn't help as much as you would like it to. I've been trying to quit for 18 years now. If I were to add up the amount of money I spent on it, it would be close to $100,000 by now. This stuff is oh so bad for you....but it's hard to stop!

I have been searching for this site. I, too am 37 years old, AA female, very overweight and I started eating flour when I got pregnant with my first son. I too stopped for about 3 years, but I now have been eating flour on the regular since early 2008. I went through a very bad breakup and that has sent me back to the flour.

I too have constipation, but I can't stop. I too, have feelings that I'm better off not being here. I don't want to leave my sons. I have shortness of breath sometimes. I want to stop, but I love the way the flour tastes. I have even taken small bowlfuls to work and ate them in the bathroom. I am also anemic. I have bad cravings after I eat I want help, but I'm so embarrassed to tell anyone. I don't know how to stop. I want flour, RIGHT NOW!!!! I just had lunch.

To all my fellow cornstarch eaters: The desire to eat cornstarch is very real. I go on and off of Argo cornstarch weekly, determined to kick the habit. If I found out that there is no real damage, I'd eat it forever, that's how much I love it. I work in a woman's hospital and have talked to a few physicians. One thing I know for sure, I am anemic (heavy periods) and most of you probably are too. If you start taking iron supplements (low dosage or take it every other day) your body won't crave the starch anymore (or as much), that's the best way to start to wean your habit.

But like a junkie, it's a hard habit to kick, you just have to make up your mind, become determined and don't look back. I sure love that stuff, but in the end, I know it's a habit that must be kicked. I wish all of you luck. Start with your iron supplements if you're serious. GNC store, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, WalMart all carry Iron supplements. It helps.

I thought I was alone. I first started eating Argo cornstarch 8 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I began eating baby powder when an older lady suggested I try some Argo after I described a craving I wasn't able to satisfy. I continued to eat it after I had my son for a few months and just quit cold turkey one day.

Then when I got pregnant with my 2nd son in 2006 the craving was back and I started eating it again and after I had him I continued to eat it a few months and again just quit. In 2008 when I got pregnant with my daughter again the cravings came back and I have been eating it everyday ever since and now I can't seem to kick the habit. Sometimes I just fill my mouth and let it dissolve then spit it out, my mouth waters for it constantly. I feel like a crackhead or a person with a serious addiction who freaks out if I can't get to it.

I hide anywhere from 10 to 12 boxes all over my house so my husband doesn't find them. He has no idea I eat cornstarch. I am embarrassed to tell anyone and I eat so much of it that it makes me vomit and yet I continue to eat it. I want to stop but I can't. I don't like the new containers Argo puts the starch in, it tastes funny so I drive all over town looking for mini marts because I know most of them still have boxes left and when I do find them I buy 3 to 4 boxes at a time even though I still have several boxes already at home.

I know this has to be psychological because I continue to buy more boxes when I already have boxes at home, and I do this because I know very soon there will be no more boxes of Argo but just the kind in the new containers. I need help and don't where what to do to stop.

I have been struggling with my addiction to starch for the last 3 years and have gained a considerable amount of weight. I decided to quit in January and have not eaten a box since. It's very hard and I seem to think about eating it every minute of every day, but I know my health is more important. I pray for everyone and their struggle.

I have been eating argo corn starch for about 17 years now and I'm sick of it. It is a habit that I wished I've never started. I even have my daughter who is 16 years of age hooked on it. You know it's a bad habit when you walk into the grocery store and try and by all they have on the shelf. My daughter and I eat about a box a day. I get so embarrassed when I walk into the grocery store and come out with all those little yellow containers. I need to STOP this habit, but tell the truth I love it too much to QUIT!

It is interesting to read about so many people who eat cornstarch. Unfortunately for me, I still crave it, and always try to make sure I have some. I hide it under my bed, and I eat it with a spoon. My baby has seen me eating it, and wants some too. I admit to giving her some, and I feel bad because I don't want her to develop this habit. The other sad part is that I am dieting, but I still crave it and I think it is contributing to my slow weight loss.

I'm not a fan of the container either, but it's easier to buy and hide for one knows I do this except my baby. My kids do look at me strange when I put it in the basket, but they don't say anything. My craving for it comes after I eat, and I try to drink large quantities of water right after.

I was dismayed to read about some of the health problems people seem to be having with this stuff. I thank God I haven't experienced these problems, but it lets me know that I need to stop eating it. I haven't bought a new container yet, so I think I will try to quit when my current container is gone. I don't like to think about what my husband would say if he ever caught me eating it...I don't see him being very understanding.

My other passion is ice...any kind of ice except for big chunks. I go to Quiktrip and Kwikshop just for the Kwikshop the ice cups are free. My mother ate ice all the time. I think part of my problem is the salt craving I diet calls for little to no salt at all, and I think that makes the craving for cornstarch worse. We all need help, so let's pray for one another to have the strength to stop this madness.

Hello..I know what you ladies mean. I have been eating cornstarch for about 15 years. I started with the boxed argo laundry but its difficult to find now I eat red clay and cornstarch. I love it! I stopped for about 4 months and lost so much weight. I'm going to stop once again starting today.

hey guys! I'm 17 and i crave cornstarch. i don't eat the cornstarch. I just put it in my mouth, chew it an rinse it out. will I have the problems you guys have since I'm not actually swallowing it??

i am 19 years old. I started out loving the smell of the ground when it is wet. Then i started craving crushed ice after every meal. And that hurt my teeth so I turned to clay and white clay dirt. It's so good, but it's hard to get sometimes. NOW I'm eating argo cornstarch. It's so addicting and its so hard to quit. And I also find myself not wanting regular food. JUST STARCH. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna to see the effects of it down the line. I just started eating it but I just don't know what to do or who to talk to about this because so many people think its weird or nasty...WHAT TO DO.....????

I have been eating cornstarch for a while now. It is so hard to stop, I love to eat crushed ice too. In love with the taste in my mouth. I love all cornstarch not just Argo. I am trying to quit but its hard. I read in one of the passages above about the the iron. I will try that too to see if that helps. I pray for you as I hope that you pray for me.

It's so sobering to see it's so many people out there with this problem. I ate starch for about 7 years. I would eat it for hours on end. So much so I would be late for work every morning. I finally saw a therapist for the problem to told me to confide in my doctor. She told me that it was because of my iron deficiency anemia. Now that I take my iron pills CONSECUTIVELY, I've stopped eating it for 7 months now. Talk to your doctor and Good Luck!!

hi its nice to know i am not the only one who eats cornstarch like its a meal. i have been eating starch since 1994,only now it has gotten worst. i eat a box a day .sometimes i will just sit here and eat it all day long. and when i am hungry i would prefer to just eat cornstarch.

i am supposed to be on a diet but all i do is eat starch. i stopped eating it for a while and lost20lbs. now that i have started back eating it like crazy i have gained it all back within a weeks time. yes my iron is very low and now i have to start taking iron pills which i hate. but i want so bad to kick the habit but as we all know it is soooooooooooooo hard. but i will keep trying.

I am 20 years old and I have been eating Argo cornstarch on and off ever since I was 10. The taste and texture is so addicting. I eat about 1 container (16oz) a day. I've gained about 50 pounds in 1 year eating this stuff. The new container makes it easier for me to eat because all I have to do is poke a hole at the top and turn it up until its just about gone then I get a spoon to get the remaining 3 or 4 spoons. It makes me feel like a junkie. I also used to crave sidewalk chalk. Doctors say I have PICA but it has to be more to it than that because even after all the vitamins and iron pills I take I, I still get these cravings. HELP ME. I feel like a big fat looser.

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