Q. I have developed an addiction to crushed ice in the last year. I crave it and consume three to four huge cups of ice a day.
One of my friends said my body must be missing something it needs, and that’s what is causing this problem. Do you have any suggestions?
A. The crushed ice craving you describe falls into the category of pica, seeking and eating a “non-food substance.” Even though ice might be considered food, your level of craving is unusual and probably does signal some deficiency. Ask your doctor to check your iron and zinc levels. Correcting the deficiency usually eliminates the craving.