Symptoms, conditions and causes

Why do I crave chalk, dirt, ice or paper?

Unusual cravings often have a root cause. Cravings for chalk, dirt, clay, laundry starch, ice, paper, or tinfoil are signs of nutritional deficiency.

Cause #1: Low iron and zinc

A deficiency in zinc or iron can cause cravings for things like chalk, dirt, paper, and ice.


  • Consume liver meats

  • Consume red meat

  • Consume oysters

  • Consume non-synthetic zinc and iron supplements

Last updated: Apr 28, 2023 02:19 AM