Pica Disorder

Is it harmful to eat several spoonfuls of flour 5-6 times a day?

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July 16, 2015 6:08PM

The condition of eating substances that are not considered part of a normal diet or at least not in the form in which they are eaten is called Pica. Generally, people who do this have a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. The harmful effects of eating raw flour would be due to the consistency of the flour itself. It is possible to inhale particles into the lungs, thereby causing respiratory problems. Consulting a physician to explore options in resolving the issue would be advisable.


While eating flour is strange, there's no health related reason not to do it. Pica is actually eating non-food items such as dirt, clay, hair and feces. Last time I checked, flour is considered a food item.

Other advice from the community:

  • I don't know why anyone would actually do that (I am guessing you do, though?) but I would highly doubt that it is harmful, because flour is used in bread, and cake, and a whole bunch of stuff. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
  • Don't feel alone, I do this too. My parents bought flour and I found myself eating the whole bag within two and a half weeks. I don't chew it though; I just swallow it a certain way. I think something is wrong with me.