Craving and chewing ice could possibly be a sign of anemia. Doctors use the term “pica” to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value such as ice, clay, cornstarch, or paper. Craving and chewing ice is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. It can be linked to other nutritional problems as well. It is not known why some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice. It may be because of ice’s pain-relieving properties, since some people with iron deficiency anemia experience tongue pain and inflammation. Some researchers have found that ice might have a new and better taste to people who are iron deficient. Pica can be a sign of emotional problems, such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a developmental disorder. A thorough medical evaluation can help determine if pica is due to an underlying medical condition.
Milk isn’t just milk anymore. When we were kids, milk was simple; and it always came from a cow. But today a dizzying array of milk choices are available. Some aren’t actually milk at all. Some options cater to the lactose intolerant while some cater to personal dietary preferences. Many of the nondairy alternatives do have a similar taste to milk, so it does not seem that much different at all. Cow’s milk has the most calcium and almost double the protein of any other type of milk. Soy milk is rich in protein and calcium and has no saturated fat. Soy products can inhibit protein and mineral absorption, offsetting its health benefits. Organic milk is produced without growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers, but costs almost double and the health benefits are not significantly healthier than typical milk. Whatever milk you choose, just make sure you’re getting your recommended daily amount.