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Oct 3, 2011 12:35 PM

Ice eaters: raise your hands!

I confess, I eat ice. whenever I buy a fountain drink at 7 11 I use more ice than soda so I can crunch on the ice once the soda is gone. I scoop it out of the glass at restaurants with a spoon or fork (yes, even at fancy places) and I know who has the best ice in town for crunching (my favorite is Vegan Glory in L A because the ice is small pellets). So, does anyone else share my cool as ice habit?

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  1. What you are experiencing is a condition called pagophagia. This condition might be caused by anemia. You might consider having your iron levels checked to see if your iron stores are low.

    I used to be an ice eater. I used to be anemic, as well.

    You could google pagophagia.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      Agree. I used to be an ice eater. I used to be anemic. Got treated for the anemia and I quit chewing on ice.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        I think there is a difference between liking to eat ice and it being compulsive. For example, while I like to eat ice, I have never gone to the extremes in this article (however, I do love the nugget ice!):

        I am not anemic (I get checked annually) but I do like to chew ice. I don't go out of my way to get ice but if its in the glass, its mine!

        I have wondered if it has anything to do with my issues with texture. I am very picky about textures in food - I am more likely to not want to eat something because of the texture than the taste. So maybe liking ice is along this vein? Who knows.

        1. re: DCLindsey

          I don't know. When I read the OP, it rang a bell with me.

          I don't remember being compulsive, but I did like to eat commercial ice. I am not nearly as fond of it as I used to be years ago.

          Somewhere I have read that eating ice is not good for your teeth.

    2. I always heard that if you eat ice it meant that you are sexually frustrated.... same as if you chew on your pen, etc. you know, oral fixation and what not...

      1. Did this when I was a kid, but something to consider is that ice is often unsanitary in a LOT of spots b/c of the ice makers and/or how it's stored. Lots of articles on this.

          1. I also chewed on ice all of the time as a child. I do it now every so often.

            One thing I will claim is that I never had cavities as a child and I think it was a result of the ice chewing.