Craving may indicate a deficiency

Nontsikelelo Mbathani wants to know about her craving for ice.

Nontsikelelo Mbathani wants to know about her craving for ice.

The compulsive eating of ice, including scrapings of frost from a freezer compartment, is called pagophagia. This strong craving for non-food substances is often associated with a deficiency of iron or zinc and usually disappears when corrected. If you crave non-food substances, such as ash, soil, chalk or clay, visit your doctor to ensure you are not suffering a mineral deficiency.

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