Benefits of eating calabar chalk

It is used medically to treat diarrhea, dysentary, cholera, and is also used in paper making, paint, fiberglass, porcelains and ceramics, china, and toothpaste.
Though the practice is rarely if ever recommended by medical professionals, some nutritionists admit the habit of eating clay may have some real health benefits.
‘These Zip-loc bags, labeled “White Dirt” were most often for sale right at the front of the store, next to the register,’ he told Feature Shoot.
‘I’d never seen anything like that before. I would ask the clerks, “What is this white clay for?” They would reply, “Oh I don’t know, people eat it.”’
In Eat White Dirt, due to be released in the summer, Forrester examines the prehistoric origins of eating dirt, its medical mythology and the abiding relationship that people in the South continue to have with the peculiar mineral.
Geophagy has been practiced by many different cultures from the ancient Greeks to Native Americans for centuries.
In most places the habit is limited to women, especially women who are pregnant or of childbearing age.

The practice is common in sub-Saharan Africa, and many anthropologists believe it was brought to the United States by African slaves.
It is now most commonly found among African-American women in the rural South.
Forrester interviewed several women who admitted to craving the taste of white dirt, which is typically described as ‘fresh, natural-feeling, like the rain or something’.
‘I eat white dirt every day,’ said Tammy Wright, who admitted to consuming about a pound of kaolin every day and claims it has helped her lose over 60lbs.
‘ I just had a craving for white dirt and I just started eating it and eating it and I’ve never stopped,’ said Tierra Griffin, another kaolin lover.
She confessed that she stops by her local convenient store in Greensboro, Georgia, two to three times per week to purchase a bag or two.


13 thoughts on “Benefits of eating calabar chalk

  1. I thought I was the only one that craves this chalk. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy when he sees me eating it. The smell is so satisfying like smelling fresh dust when it rains. I crave it so much sometimes it’s crazy. I hope it doesn’t have a bad effect cause I can’t stop eating it.

  2. I haven’t eaten this in decades but recent stress in my life has brought my craving back and it is an addiction that is so consuming. Just like smoking or doing other drugs.

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