Reader Quiz: A quiz about iron deficiency and cravings
True or false
An iron deficiency can cause you to have cravings to eat unusual things such as dirt, ice or raw potatoes.
The correct answer is True.
People with iron-deficiency anemia may develop strong cravings to eat dirt, ice, paint, starch, raw potatoes or tomatoes. Such cravings are called pica (PIE-kuh). If you experience an unusual craving, tell your doctor about it. A simple blood test can show whether you have an iron deficiency.
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