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I started taking baking soda about a year ago when i was out of my acid reflux medication. It worked great for the heartburn, and at first i stuck to the directions on the box. Even after i got my regular medication, I kept taking it. after a while, I stopped following the label directions and started putting more and more baking soda in the water and drinking it more and more often. Now, over a year later, I'm eating baking soda by the spoonful, straight out of the box. I do this several times a day, and I've found that I crave it more when I'm under stress. I usually don't actually need it for heartburn, I just love the way it tastes, and the way it feels to hold the powder in my mouth and let it slowly dissolve. The only ill effect I've experienced from doing this is water retention from all the sodium. On the other hand, my teeth are always clean and i never have bad breath.
Also, for the past 5 months or so, I have been almost obsessed with crunching ice. I eat at least 2 trays of ice a day, and the amount I eat is steadily going up. a few times recently, I have tried crushing the ice and sprinkling baking soda over it. I know most people would consider this weird, but to me it feels totally normal. Neither of these habits has disrupted my life in any way.
I have tried to stop eating baking soda, because I know that it is unhealthy to consume in such large amounts, but I haven't been successful for more than a few days at a time. I always end up buying a box the next time I go shopping and having a big spoonful as soon as I get home.
I'm very glad that I've found a group of people who are in similar situations. I haven't tried talking to anybody about it because I feel like everyone will think I'm crazy.
onyx412 onyx412 31-35 108 Responses Aug 3, 2010

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I've been eating baking soda on and off for 19 years. I'm so glad I'm not the only one.
Well I don't actually eat it. I like to put it in my mouth and chew it until it's all dissolved then I spit it out.
I keep a little salt shaker beside my bed filled with baking soda for my overnight cravings. It gives me enough to satisfy my craving without having to spit it out.

I too have been consuming Baking Soda the only difference for myself is that once the baking soda breaks down I no longer want it so I spit it out and rinse my mouth with peroxide and water until I get my next craving 😏

Im 16 years old and I also eat baking soda. I don't spit it out like most people but the taste is not great but I'm very addicted. I just love to eat it. My mom will buy a box and I'll eat the whole box within 3-4 weeks, but i eat it alot when im bored. I don't find myself letting it dissolve i just eat it like its candy.

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I used to eat baking soda habitually for years from middle school to college.
I too used to like it hardened and would sometimes add water and freeze it into lil ice cubes and eat it.
I used to hide a box in my car and eat it while driving. My habit was very obsessive.

I just stopped in 2014 at 34yo when I was pregnant w/ 1st child and having really bad heart burn and morning sickness.

When I threw up afterwards I could taste baking soda in the back of my throat.
It was as if the baking soda stayed in my body bad finally came out when I constantly had to vomit.

Well that was in 2014 and now I'm pregnant again haven't has baking soda in almost two years (not even to brush my teeth) and I can still smell it in the back of my throat. It's like mixed in with my saliva like post nasal drip.

I hate it and I can't wait to get all the remnants of this stuff out of my system.

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I started eating baking soda as a child. Managed to stop, but restarted when I got pregnant with my first child. Every time I brush my teeth with toothpaste, it made me throw up. So I started brushing with baking soda. Now 19 years later. I am still eating it. I also like it hard were I can chew it. I have try put it in the oven, microwave. But it only change the taste. I now got the craving so bad. That when I buy a new box, I can't wait for it to get hard. I drop water on it and use a blow dry . That's sad but I just can't stop. I told a doctor once that I like to eat it he told me to seek a mental therapy. It good to know their are other people who eat baking soda too

im in the same boat- i chew and spit out. it started when i was pregnant and i was foaming at the mouth a lot. than it grew to an obsession to clean/wash hands and body.. it helps with substitute for food when i am without / upset tummy. i would crave and i cant stop. i tried by fasting :| i buy a new box every time i go the store. only certain ppl know of it.

I started off craving baking soda when I was pregnant and I noticed even after I have my baby I still crave baking soda and till this day is been 12 years later and I still eat baking soda I am addicted to baking soda

So very glad I've found this post my family thinks I'm crazy my oldest child is 19 and I started craving Bs while I was pregnant with him I would eat about a half a box a week by the time I had my 3rd child I was already up to about 2 sometimes 3 boxes a week. As a result my blood pressure was high, I was too embarrassed to tell the doctor so he put me on the medication. I constantly crave ice too! About 2 years ago I forced myself to stop but the cravings are still very strong and I still eat ice everyday!

I crave baking soda so much when I was pregnant even when I have my baby she was born with brake baking soda on her

I have the same problem with the ice and everything , I heard I can get sick maybe even die because of how it sits on your stomach and I'm looking for more answers but everyone on Google says it won't kill you .😕

Ok so I thought I was losing my metal or something. I crave baking soda night and day. I have eaten this stuff since I was about five I take pinches and spoonfuls I put water on it to make it hard so that I can break it into little pieces to eat. I love the way it taste and I don't spit it out I swallow it. There are times when I know that I have eaten too much and I will have stomach pain and then I go do the number 2 and I'm ok. I do it like I have to hide something. I hide it from my husband because he has negative thoughts and feelings about it so when we go to the store I buy it hide and eat it until it's all gone. My three year old even asks for it but I don't let him because he is so young.
I know i love to eat baking soda why I don't understand, I have been told about the anemia or low iron and the pica but I can't help it. So I can relate

I'm curious to know what doctors have told you guys about eating ice and baking soda. I currently have a huge cup of ice and my baking soda sitting by my side. Reading these stories make me feel good to know I'm not the only one doing this. I haven't gone to the doctor and discussed this with them. My dad knows I eat ice, but not baking soda. He told me that something was wrong with me and I should go to the doctor before it's too late. I think he's tripping and nothing is wrong with me. Unlike majority of you guys I perfer my baking soda in small doses. I keep it in a plastic container so that I can shake it and rub my finger around the rim to get the smaller powder particles from around the edge. I eat crushed ice all day long. I plan on going to the doctor soon though. Because I've notice that I don't go number 2 like a "normal" person, but that is my only concern. I'm not anemic my blood is super thick. I might be low on iron, but there's vitamins for that. Good luck in your journey folks.

I love the granulated baking soda from the cleaning section. The fridge and freezer packs. It is different than the powdered type used for cooking. I love the texture and the taste. I probably eat a quarter cup a day now. And have been for months.

I have been eating bs since 1990 but the last year or so its really been out of hand and I know that it can't be healthy so I'm trying to find out the side affects

I've been chewing BS habitually since 1993. I remember leaving for college in 1994 and counting 378 boxes empty boxes that I had thrown in the back of my closet. I can remember times of going without it for years at a time. When I became pregnant 9 yrs ago I stopped cold turkey but the minute I gave birth I started again. I really don't eat it, I thoroughly enjoy shoveling several tablespoons into my mouth and chewing it. Once it's no longer dried then I spit it out and after rinsing I swallow that last little bit. I love the older baking soda boxes that have the huge clumps! I find myself sometimes going into the older grocery stores shaking the boxes to hear if it has clumps. I'm up to spending abt $15 a wk on this stuff. I do notice that when my iron levels are pretty good I can do without the baking soda. I really appreciate coming to this site and reading the other testimonies.

You should try the granulated fridge freezer packs. They're found in the cleaning section, not the cooking section. The texture is wonderful! :-)

I do the exact same thing with chewing bs as you do and have been doing so for years.

I'm so happy to find someone that does the EXACT same thing as me. I thought I was going nuts. Now that my diet has went sort of poor again, I've been craving it a lot. I use to be worse as a kid, it wasn't only baking soda then, but I would also chew and eat shards of the Christmas decoration balls when they cracked. I always assumed this was pica related and that I had a more controlled version of it. I'm really happy to know I wasn't crazy.

Have you stopped eating it ? because ive been eating boxes of baking soda fr 3 yrs . Its soooo good and i want to stop but cant . My family and friends have even hid the baking soda . Bur its a huge craving when i smell laundry detergent or something like that :( i want it now . But if u nt addicted anymore . How did u stop being addicted?

Are your iron levels normal?

I think I'm a little late here but here's my story: I was/still am obsessed with the smell of Ajax Cleanser. I just love the smell and once when I was 7 I actually tasted it! I liked the taste, but my mom caught me and freaked out so I decided that it probably wasnt good for me and moved on. Now I am 18 and I have been chewing and spitting out baking soda for almost a year. I love the texture and the way it makes my mouth feel when I dissolve it. I originally started brushing my teeth with it, but I just pour a mouthful and chew. Although, one day I had chewed baking soda and then that night I threw up. I thought it was something I ate but It only lasted for 1-2 hours and I only threw up twice. I did a bit of research and realized that baking soda neutralizes the stomach acid in your stomach and makes it difficult to digest food. Every since ive stopped ive felt better, but it took me a while to recover. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else?

I have been chewing baking soda for a couple of months now. It is nice to know that there are others that have the same cravings. I have tried baking, microwaving, etc. and they are all AWFUL. It changes the taste completely and is disgusting. But finally I found something I like. Costco has the big bag of Arm and Hammer Baking soda and you can feel if it is solid. Once you open the resealable bag (which I love because it won't absorb any other odors) you will see a giant solid block which you can break into small pieces. They just had it on sale for $5.00. SO any of you that consume quite a bit of this stuff and love the chunks. This is the place to go. I am going back this weekend to buy two more bags!!!!<br />
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Also, AM/PM has the crunable ice which I actually like more the Sonic. Give it a try.......

I to eat baking soda all the time.. I just can't stop. I've had several blood transfusions but I still can't stop eatin baking soda. I can't eat n powder form unless I'm not home n I really have a craving for it.. recently I've been cookin it on the the stove n letting it get hard that's the only way I can eat it... I haven't told anybody about my problem but I just can't live with out it..

Please explain "cook" it? I like mine crunchy I guess u could say, but boxes of arm n hammer just aren't cutting it.

I use a non stick pot n mix baking soda and water on the stove n let cook until it's hard. Then I keep it in the freezer so it's extra crunchy

I go through the same thing. I feel a little ashamed when I do do it and only my boyfriend knows about it. I can't even go a day without eating it will stay on my mind until a fulfill the need

i'm in the same husband thinks i'm just being silly when I say I need it....and sonic ice I cant get enof of it

have you stopped since this post? How did you do it.. I have a box at home with a spoon in it.. I can't WAIT to eat two tablespoons and chase it with a Pepsi.

A good way to lessen the need of baking soda is trying to eat healthier. I know if I eat more asparagus, which is high in iron, then I crave it less. But I still adore the texture and miss it. The way I forget about it completely is by shoving it to the very back of my cabinets. When its out of sight, eventually it will be out of mind with a bit of self restraint.

I too am in love with eating Baking Soda, I started it just to relieve acid reflux and I am hooked, I put it in the palm of my hand touch it with my tongue and it is so comforting to me, the strange thing is when I was little I hated touching chalk, and a black board, but now I will even rub my hands in dry laundry detergent for the feel of it and even the baking soda, I am worried about my insides but I can't stop, the other day I went and bought a box just to have so it will be fresh for me. Thanks for this site that I know others are going through the same thing.

I have the exact habits. Sonic ice is the absolute best and arm n hammer baking soda is the best brand. I have tried several other brands. I also tried several times to break this habit but its not happening.

Okaaaay. Um pica is caused some deficient nutrient in your body. Bicarb is not a nutrient, its a buffer and keeps you alkaline. Someone stated they crave and are anemic. Backing soda decreases the iron in your body hense you have the answer to your pica.. .or craving. Restore your iron.

I just got out of a surgery during which I was accidentally given a blood thinner. As a result I lost 2/5 of my blood and Doctors said I should rebuild naturally rather than a transfusion. I was really tired and weak all the time, and for some reason craved baking soda non-stop. I found your post really interesting and wanna thank you for your insight. Gonna see the doc soon, and tell him he owes me a box of NaHCO3!

I thought I was the only one for the baking soda part. Like I mostly use it to brush my teeth though, and I like th way it feels so this makes me brush my teeth at least 4 times a day and at times I get bored. My mouth becomes watery when I see it and I know I should stop but I know I can't.

Then with the ice, I chew on 4-8 glasses of ice and I've been replacing that with baking soda though I know neither is good. -Sigh- i feel so better. I thought I was going to ruin my organs or something

I been addicted to baking soda since I was a child, now I'm 24 and pregnant with my second child and the urge to eat baking soda during my pregnancy's been two weeks since I gave in a started eating baking soda while pregnant and I feel guilty like I might have a cracked baby or something. I'm 29 weeks and I can't help eating it, I crave it, my mouth waters for it. I didn't have this problem with my first child, I fought the urge off but stress is the and always have been the trigger for my addiction. What should I do...?

I thought I was alone. I have Pica to for Baking Soda and Ice!
I buy a big box for everything in the house and a special one just for me to eat.

I have anemia and crave baking soda. Exactly like you said I have a certain way I like it and I eat ice as well. I'm on vitamins, iron and a certain diet. Yet I still have to eat it.

OMG!!!! I am doingg the exact same thing. Mine started with chewing ice. Now I'm chewing ice and finger dipping baking soda!

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds.

Hi all! What about Alka Seltzer? I've recently had these cravings for crushed ice, very little water or club soda, and Alka Seltzer - original or Lemon Lime. I love the fizzing of the tablets when crunched into itty bitty pieces. Even in this frigid weather I just can't help it!

I became addicted abt a month ago when I was 35 weeks pregnant, at first I just put bs in a bottle with water and vinegar shake it and smell it all day, then I wanted to clean everything with it, now, I have to feel it in my mouth, I do not eat it, I just dip my finger in it 5 times put it on my tongue, hold it for a few seconds then spit it out

I also eat baking soda, however I don't swallow it. I put a large amount in the palm of my hand and chew it until it desolves in my mouth then I spit it out in the bathroom sink. I too love the feel of it in my mouth and the taste of it. I also crave it. I was wondering if I am lacking some mineral or vitamin and that's why I crave it. It also seems like when I'm stressed I really crave it.

I don't swallow it either, just chew and release-lol. But I make chunks with it from the microwave first, THEN chew it and spit it out. Yummy............does your mouth feel raw if you eat too much?

Hi Baking Soda lover....i am like the rest of our funny group, I too love eating baking soda, and it must be Arm & Hammer brand. This interesting addiction started when I was merely 7 years of age. My family first introduced this lovely product as an aid to increase the power of my toothpaste and said this would definitely help whiten my teeth. Low and behold it did but in this process I became so addicted to the taste and smell. And now I am 31 years old and still ABSOLUTELY love the taste of baking soda. i find myself thinking about it every minute of every day!!! For a while I tried to stop, which lasted almost 6 months. Wow i am surprised I could last that long without my "baby" as I like to call it. But anywho, I love love love love when I mix my baking soda with a smaller amount of water considering the box size and stir it and then heat in the microwave for the right time depending on the amoun then have these hard crunchy pieces that I can suck on like a piece of candy so to speak. My mouth craves it right now as I am talking about it. my family thinks I am ridiculous for having this craving and think I am going to eventually clog my arteries, but I don't care because I know i love it.

OMG!!! I've known for a while there were other people that eat/taste baking soda but I thought I was the only one that went a few steps past that by experienting with different techniques. I too put water in my baking soda and put it in the microwave; however, I take it out the box. I have about 2-4 different tubaware containers that I use at one time. Each container has sections (only 2 sections). There is a different baking soda to water ratio in each one. My favorite is ALOT of baking soda and enough water to make at least 60% of the baking soda moist. Then I put it in the microwave for 6 minutes. I've learned over the years (been doing the microwave thing about 3 years now) that its best when I give it about 12 hours to mold and get VERY hard. I make a few of these and then in a few hours when I'm watching TV, I like to break it apart and crush it with my fingers (no eating yet). Once I get them as small as they can get usually about as a sunflower seed (with shell) to maybe as big as a pistachio. Once I have all the breakable pieces broken, I add a little bit of regualr un-microwaved baking soda to calm it down because if you eat it staright from the microwave and have alot, it kinda eats away at the inside of your mouth, tongue and gums. I eat so much for a while and then I can't for a few hours or maybe a day or 2. Right now, I haven't had any since this morning and I can still feel my tongue kinda burning/raw. MMMMMMMMMMMMM, damn, I want so right now. I can't go back to just eating it straight out the box. I ABSOLUTELY NEEDS CHUNCKS......and I leave it by the window so it can have a nice little chill. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds.

Wow I may try your method. I typically don't like the taste once it gets wet I love it dry. I pour some in my hand and use one finger to rub the baking soda on the back of my tongue. Its a very different taste when you put it on the back of your tongue.

I have a little routine with my baking soda also. I use a gallon sized ZipLoc bag and place an open box of Arm and Hammer Fridge and Freezer baking soda in the bag along with a Renuzit air freshner of my desired scent/ flavor and let the baking soda "marinate" for a day or two to get the flavor of the air freshner infused into the baking soda. I get the 4lb box and use it to refill the smaller freezer boxes because those boxes are vented on the sides and allow the flavor to go through it. I keep about 4 boxes at a time marinating. I only chew and spit out. I also carry some of my "flavored" baking soda in a container in my purse. I love switching out to taste the different flavors and even mixing the flavors. My favorite right now is Citrus burst! Can you imagine a fruity tasting baking soda? Yummy!

Which kind of renuzit do u use? The circle ones or the ones like a little tree?

Ive just found a new way to enjoy my baking soda. Thankyou. Glad im not alone in this Strange Addiction

My friends and family think I am crazy. They even hide it from me which makes me mad. Its a good thing I always have an extra box hidden in my room. I love the look, feel, and taste of baking soda. I also love the taste and crunch of crushed ice. The snow cone ice is amazing. I will eat it until my mouth is frozen. LOL its good to know I am not alone.

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Woooooow I thought I was alone....I love the taste of baking soda.

We <3 Baking Soda!! LMAO

I thought I was alone !!!! Thanks for all you post . I like it hard and Crunchy. I tend to crave Baking Soda when Stressed !

YES!!!!!! I chew it normally every night and morning but for a long period of time when I'm stressed out.

I really thought I was alone in the baking soda thing, when I was 3 I went to the fridge and got it licked it off my fingers ,and I loved the feel of it ,and fell in love with the taste. I'm now 41,six kids and love still baking soda ,I ate it through all my pregnancies ,I had to have it.i just don't no what my body may be lacking, I keep it in my bathroom,beside my bed, and at least 4 boxes in cabinet,I like it really loose and fresh no lumps,I go in the store and shake the boxes to be sure it's loose,I feel like I need to stop but I can't ,is it true it can harden your arteries ?

I have been increasing my intake and I'm kinda getting worried. I know the sodium has got to be bad but I can't stop. I've even started freezing it with a little water so I can eat it like candy?

Hey you guys..add me to the club...I can relate to all of you!!! But I ddnt realize there were more of you out addiction to baking soda is starting to scare me but I dnt think I can stop.. im starting to twitch, have muscle spasms, nervousness&inability to sleep-so now ive started taking sleepaid nightly..please help.

I stopped eating it, I noticed my skin becoming more wrinkle like, and my skin on my face reacted negatively to it, causing painful bumps that were large, and took some time for my skin to clear up. I think it was God telling me to give up the addiction, through Jesus Christ. Try eating grind powdered peanuts, or some other kind of nut that is slightly salted with a nice amount of iron content, like chia seeds, or flax seeds. I remember also experiencing eye twitching and such, be careful also you are not breathing in moth ball gases, that too can trigger those reactions along with nose bleeds. For sleep valerian root powder works fast, and it's safe. Look it up from a bulk herb store online. Hope you heal up.

I am a man and I love baking soda. It is crazy to see all these people that do all the things I do with BS. I eat it, chew it, and i like to mix it with hot water too breath in the fizz. Just like one other on here i am the guy in the isle shaking the arm and hammer boxes to see which one is the most rocky and to avoid the boxes of BS that are sandy instead of being powdery. I am eating some now. It just tastes so good.

(im te one tryin to figure out which ones the crunchiest) and i've learned: the Arm and Hammer Fridge and Freezer kind is crunchiest!! My family members just rolled their eyes at me when I told them that, but if you look on the side of the fridge n freezer box, it says that its "granulation is different" jus thot i'd share.

I have tried those boxes too, but the ones I've purchased have been sandy. The sandy kinds is ok, but it doesn't exactly taste like the powdery kind. I have noticed that when we are around the holidays they don't put the sandy kind in the regular boxes. At least in my area.

UGH!!!!!!!! I HATE when I get the Sandy ones. Ewwww, they are terrible.

I'mma try that today.....At the dollar store in Philly, they have one called Refrig Cleaner and Baking soda. I get them both cuz they taste the same. Usually 4 boxes a piece. I will grab some of the freezer change when I get off work. :^)

OMG...I am that person standing in the isle shaking the boxes! I like the sandy gritty boxes but I dampen the baking soda by putting it in a ziploc baggie with a cone or gel air freshener and seal the bag. Moisture starts to collect in the bag and gets absorbed by the baking soda and infused with flavor. It's makes the grainier kind a little more dense and "softer" so it doesn't feel like it's cutting up your mouth and tongue when it's dry.

I wish my boyfriend could read this. I told him I'm sure a man out here somewhere can understand my pain LOL......We've been together since we were 12 and we are both 28 now. I've been chewing it for only 5 years now. He thinks I need to slow down. Ugh, what does he know?!?! LOL :D

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lol I read this post about a year ago just to confirmed that I couldn't possibly be the only person suffering from this bitter/sweet addiction. I wanted to post my personal experience but didn't take out the time to do so. now a year later, after just finishing doing my "deed" im back. lol these stories are bound to make anyone who has the addiction to baking soda laugh because you can always relate. I distinctly remember around age seven having an intense love for ajax (the kind used for bathroom/tub). I was in love with the smell and more importantly the texture. it was so gritty that I would place some between my fingers and move them back and forth. years later around thirteen or so, I found myself eating baby powder. it was very rare when I ate it due to all of the perfume it has but I enjoyed the silky feel. body wasn't satisfied. now, just about a year ago maybe, at age seventeen I finally came across my calling....BAKING SODA!! can't exactly remember how I started eating it but I haven't turned back since. something about the taste and texture is so orgasmic. in correspondence with the original post, I tend to crave it much more when im under stress. lol I often say "man I need some baking soda in my life" and those who know me just roll their eyes. I laughed when I read one post describe my favorite box "old fashion looking with no exact brand. you can get it from dollar tree" it definitely beats arm & hammer in my opinion. I gotta say, I think I may have every fiend on this site beat when I say that for the past month ive been considering snorting baking soda o.O lol im one snort away from becoming a baking soda crack head. not proud of it but hey. ive tried to stop eating it for awhile now but can never last for more than a week. its just so yummy :D

lol yeah that was me with the "old fashioned" baking though, i only eat the fridge n freezer kind by arm n hammer. Also, i startd this new "ridiculous"(as my family would say) thing: i keep it inside of this clear plastice (tupperware-like) container with a clasp locking lid, that I bought at office max for 50cents. it takes just about 1/2 of a 1lb box to fill it, you can easily carry it with you, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: IT STAYS CLEAN. (it drives me crazy to discover little random pieces of lint in my baking soda

to all of you who eat baking soda aswell, to avoid water retention i recommend keeping a box in the bathroom. i pour some into my mouth chew on it until its all dissolved and spit it out, rinse, then repeat the process. i used to eat the baking soda and it gave me the runs. arm and hammer is my favourite ; )

that's exactly what I do... I go in the bathroom and on my sink is a box of Arm&Hammer, mmmmmm, I pour it in my mouth and chew and chew, then I spit it out rinse, and depending on my stress level I may do it up to 2 more times.... its so relaxing

Check that you don't have low iron and change your water to alkaline water with PH 7 (only 7 PH 8-10 is in spring or great lakes water) Happy Healthy life

I enjoy eating baking soda. It started when I was about 16 and Arm & Hammer had a sprinkle bottle. I would pour a little into my hand and lick it off. I then started mixing the baking soda with water and letting it sit for a few days until it was a little crunchy. I would call the hardened pieces "baking soda rocks" To speed up the hardening process I started mixing the baking soda and water, and putting it into a microwave until it was pretty hard. I have been doing this since I was in college. Once it was hardened and broken up, I like to eat it. I have tried to limit the amount I eat because I can gain up to 12 pounds in water weight overnight. My tongue peels when i chew on the hardened pieces of baking soda. I also have felt pressure in my chest near my heart, sometimes a pause in my heart beat which I do think is a cause of eating so much baking soda. Now, I try to chew and spit out the baking soda. However, I do fall into temptation and engage in eating the baking soda.

I so loooove the hard pieces. I can't chew it no other way!! :)

My goodness, when I thought I was all alone I found you. I also eat baking soda, I started just licking my finger with it, then I also craved crushed ice and I did start putting the baking soda on it. I put the whole ice tray ice in the blender with room temp water and add baking soda then I refreeze it and break it up and eat it like ice chips. I figured this way I'm consuming less baking soda because the box is lasting me two months versus 2wks.

Ok how about eating cans of Clabber Girl baking POWDER!!! I can eat about 4-12oz cans per week!! At only $1.46 per can, I could have a worse more expensive addiction huh??? LOL! But yes, I too have an iron deficiency as well as have had to have two full blood transfusions. I was born with low iron and well into my adult years have struggled with low blood counts and even lower levels of energy! Good luck to all of you dealing with PICA syndrome =)

I have this exact pica lol mostly I've found people who love baking soda but you are the first baking powder I've found lol....I'm not alone lol ....I like rumford aluminum free kind best ....I have less water retention with this one....;)

(sitting here eating baking soda as i type:)
I eat baking soda, all-day, everyday. This all started a few months ago when I got this familiar craving for something gritty in my mouth. (kinda like when you're pregnant, and wanna eat dirt....or if you cant relate to that, like when you smell the rain, and wanna eat get the idea) Anyhoo...I go into the kitchen, and look into the cabinet in search of something just right to satiate the stupid craving, avoiding my first instinct to immediately grab the Comet from under the kitchen sink (because my 2nd instinct tells me that eating the cleaner cant be good no matter how bad i wanna feel the grit). So, here we are in the pantry: Flour? nope. Gelatin? nope? Corn Meal? ehh.....grrrr Corn Starch? hmmm...okay we're gettin closer........EPIPHANY! What i needed was not in the was in the fridge. In a small, bright orange box labeled Arm&Hammer. Opened the fridge, grabbed the box, politely licked my index finger, stuck it on top of the salty sand to collect a thin layer, and greedily placed my finger against my tongue. I stood there and repeated this action a good 18 times or so, rubbing the soda around my mouth, on the insides of my lips, under my tongue. wretched taste, but oh well. Everywhere I went, I needed to have my baking soda with me. At first any would do, but now, there are different times at which I need a different soda. Like, my favorite kind is in the old fashioned looking box, doesnt even have a brand name, and comes 2/$1 at the Dollar Tree. This is because the grit of it is EXACTLY what I crave, and the flavor is not so gruesome. But there's something about that bright orange Arm&Hammer box that calls me back....then i realized, I did actually start to crave that zesty burn on my tongue too...not just the texture. Now, things are just ridiculous. I preach baking soda at everybody for everything! Remove some stains? Baking soda. Feet itchy? Baking Soda. Wanna try a new face scrub? Baking Soda. Matter of fact, a whole body exfolient? Baking soda. (and it leaves your skin feeling super soft too!) Do like I do and take a big box with you into the bathroom. (I dont leave it in there, just because of how it absorbs things, and I guess I'm a bit of a freak, with some paranoid fear of the baking soda absorbing someone's sweat n germs from the steam from their shower....etc.) I pour hand fulls of it while im bathing, and love to feel its gritty texture.....brush my teeth with it too (not everytime though) and afterwards, all the excess in the bottom if the shower is great for cleaning the basin with....and the tiled can use it to rub out permanent marker....or nailpolish....see? i could go on and on. Now, I'm carrying the small (1/2lb i think) box in my purse with me evrywhere i go. ( I got tired of requesting it from whomever's house i was at and end up having to go to the store and buy some.) I wanna stop. Ive noticed my feet are pretty sure that means theres been an increase in my blood pressure....grumble

I'm just as obsessed if not more!

I love the taste and feel of baking soda in my mouth. My mom first introduced me to a tiny bit for a gassy/heart burn stomach about a year ago. However, recently I've found myself craving it. I've just been consuming a teaspoonful a few times a week. I know I can definitely eat more right out of the box, but I'm concerned if its bad for me? I wish I knew the safest amount to eat without doing harm.

I love it! I only do a teaspoon once or twice a week.

Thats it?? How can you only do that much!?!?!

I am 37 weeks pregnant and googled if it was bad to eat baking soda while pregnant and stumbled upon this site. I have liked to eat baking soda since I was a child. I'd lick my finger and dip it in! I once got a little sting when i mistakenly dipped in baking powder! My parents hid the soda from me because they said my grandpa died from holes in his stomach due to drinking baking soda and water every day for heartburn. I dont know if there is any proof behind that, but I havent indulged myself as often as I used to. When I have bad heartburn, I will make the mix and add a very very tiny dash of nutmeg (gross, but it works!). This past week, I have been craving the baking soda more and more. I ate some last night and baby must not have liked it as much as I do because I nearly barfed. Then again, maybe he does like it, as my mouth started watering while I read some of the other posts!!

I'm prego too 29 weeks craving and eating baking powder lol smh

OH MY GOSH i say this exact same thing to all my friends and they think im weird im so surprised to see this :D im not alone yay!

I'm speechless. I always knew there were other people like me but I SWORE I was the only one that mixes water with it to make the rocks. I have 4 stashes and I make them all differently. 1 has just water mixed and I let it sit to get that nature crunch--I let that one sits for days before I touch it, maybe a week sometimes, I keep adding sprinkles of water everyday to make sure it will be crunchy + crunchy. Then I have one where I microwave the water and baking soda for 60 seconds (small tuba-ware full). I then put that one in the freezer a few hours to give it shock (LMAO) and get harder. Then I sit it out for a few hours in the bathroom. Then when I am taking a number 2, I turn the lights off and slowly break it up so I can feel it in my fingers. I separate the ones that I can't break apart with my hands so I can chew them (the hardest ones). I have a stash that is pure baking soda with nothing added--I use that one when the others are too much for me and I just want the soft powder feeling in my mouth, usually the big big box-3lbs I believe. I also try to get a box that is not too grinded. At first I hated those boxes because they dont get crunchy like the real fine baking soda. But what I did notice was, the baking soda that is not that fine (as big as sugar) does not burn my tongue if I eat too much. When I make my special batches and chew them by the spoonful, it starts to make my tongue burn--it hurts right now :( from 2 days ago. When I first started 4 years ago (I'm 26 now), I was swallowing it in little tiny amounts, then I noticed it stopped me from making a bowel movement. Now I just chew and spittin it out when I can push it through my teeth. Thank you for confirming it can hurt my teeth. I think they are weaker because Im always chewing it. It also kinda helps me from smoking cigarettes. When I "do my baking soda" as my boyfriend calls it, I dont liek the smoke after that because it leaves a CRAZY taste in my mouth-anything salty taste like sugar--even water taste funny after I do my baking soda. I can go on and on and on, but I will stop now and go find some pictures of baking soda :) :) Yummy :) :)

I am a saltaholic. i crave salty things especially sunflower seeds. ever since i could eat them i been obsessed. when i was around 5 i could remember brushing my teeth with baking soda which only fed my desire for salt. i ate it as often as i could. i would find myself craving the powder everytime i was pregnant. i would sprinkle it on the craziest things. like onion pickles. or i would add water to the powder and let it harden into rocks. i believe that the salt taste was made more potent that way. I thought i was the only person who did this but i am glad am not. i am 35

i know a women that died because of eating baking soda - she dropped dead of heart failure due to severe alkalosis...seriously

I really thought I was by myself with this one. I love eating baking soda especially after I eat or drink something sweet. I always start craving baking soda when I'm pregnant but it has truly extended past that. I started eating it by the spoonfuls!!! I can't wait ti get back home to it if I leave and recently started putting water in it to make it crunchy like some of the other people here. I get up in the middle of the night sometimes just to get some. I feel bad because when my doctor asks about, I tell her no and I know I probably shouldn't but I don't want to be judged. Its nice to know that others know how I feel and can relate to me...thanks for the support!!!

Wow...I am not the ONLY ONE!!!! I am the person that you see on the baking isle, shaking boxes of baking soda trying to find the one with the crunchiest pieces in it! If I don't find it, I'll just buy a few boxes, pour a little water on it, and place it in front of my heater the WHOLE when I come home...I can crunch and munch! Wow...Nice to meet my fellow Sodaheads :)

I eat baking soda everyday, many times a day. As others have stated, my mother used it in replace of toothpaste when we would run out without realizing. I started eating it by "accident" when i accidentally spilled it so I tasted it. Ever since I have always eaten baking soda. I love the taste and powdery feel. I don't very much like the gritty feeling of it, like the ones for fridge&freezer freshness. I like it most when I wet it and dry it and can have a crunch with it. I don't spit it out most times, but I'm trying to stop eating it. I have high blood pressure and I know the amounts of sodium I'm taking in is very unhealthy but I cant seem to stop. It gives me headaches sometimes, mostly meaning I've had too much in a day and my sodium levels are through the roof. But it does help me when I need to use the bathroom, digest food if I've over-eaten, and it seems best after I've just eaten. Any ideas on how to stop? I need help, my mouth is watering just thinking of it.

And it is very helpful when I'm feeling stressed, helps me take a deep breath.

Yes!! I think I started because I was stressed and didn't want to smoke. Once you start, it is SOOO hard to stop.

Wow...... This is amazing.. I realized I had an addiction a few years ago, I came home from a VERY STRESSFUL day, raced to the freezer, tilted my head back and filled my mouth with making soda..... As I began to chew, I noticed the, "aaaaiiiiihhhhhh" soothing feeling that overshadowed me...... It was that day, when I realized something was wrong..... Since than, I've had several trips to the ER with blood soooooooooo low, and chest pains, and numbing..... Baking soda prevents the body from absorbing iron, but unfortunately, iron deficiency causes the pica craving..... I was in a vicious cycle, that the ER doctor made perfectly clear, unlike my general physician, CHOOSE LIFE!!! Without proper iron levels, I continual to put myself at risk for decrease oxygen to the br ain, a stroke, and other ailments that I didn't need..... It's a DAILY battle, BUT GOD!!

The long term use without apparent harm is fascinating. The fact that doctors don't seem to be alarmed is equally fascinating. You may be doing something spectacularly preventive that they keep secret, or they may not know what to say. One key thing is for sure: An alkaline body is far healthier than an acid body, and tumors of any kind do not live very long in an alkaline body. That principle is a key factor in very successful alternative cancer cures that have a much much higher success rate than mainstream health-destroying treatments.

I am not part of the baking soda club, although I drink it now and then by itself or mixed with vitamin C powder or some other mineral salts.
My mainline "salt" is Potassium Bicarbonate, which alkalizes the body, provides one of the most needed minerals, and controls water balance in tissues. Sodium and Potassium are like two kids on a see-saw, and both are needed to regulate the overall fluid balance in the body. I am, therefore amazed that people can take so much sodium without balancing it with potassium from somewhere; probably some easily available food, and lots of it.

So I have lots of questions about what's in common with the high volume baking soda group. One way to help each other understand, other than describing your use of it, is to describe key details about your diet in terms of frequent foods; what kind of water you normally drink, and how much of it you drink; whether your water is fluoridated; what other drinks you have on a volume basis; how much table salt you use; what your source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium is; and you have any test results regarding your bone density; whether you have any issues with constipation; sleepiness at odd times; Super interesting to know is what you measured body Ph (urine acidity) is, and whether you have any type of tumors, or have cured any type of tumors without medical intervention. Also, where you live would be good to know, as far as state and city. Good health to all!

I am 32 anemic, I live in Ga for 18 years, now in SC 14 years. I have very low D3 levels. I have to have 50,000 units every six months and 1000 orally. My levels of D3 are 20 I have a enlagrged red blood cells. I am so tierd of constantly craving baking soda or alkazelzer plus. It has to be some type of deficency. I drink purified water. my tooth paste has fluouride. I eat pink earth salt. my diet is pretty normal. If im hungry I eat. I try to eat the best I can but sometimes that doesnt happen. I am sick of this. Im 5'4 130lbs and I hurt in my joints and I am tired ALL the damn time!!!!!! Can anyone help?

I too am addicted to baking age six I noticed my grandparents using it for heartburn and then it began. I am 27 now and still crave the taste. I haven't had any in a month but I crave it so much my mouth started to water at some of you alls experiences lol I also chew ice ALL day and have had red knots on my gums that my dentist told me were strains from chewing ice. I'm just happy to be able to share my experience and see that I am not alone in my a toons and thinking.

I'm so glad I found this site. I thought I was going crazy. I have been chewing ice all of my life and there's nothing that satisfies my cravings like crushed ice. I eat it all day every day.

I also love to chew baking soda. It started about 6 months ago when I decided to use it in place of toothpaste. I keep a box in my medicine cabinet and each time I go to the bathroom, I take a mouth full and chew it until it dissolves, then rinse with water. It gives me a satisfaction I can't explain. I love the dry feeling it has in my mouth. Crazy I know!

OMG I can't believe that there are others out there like me!!! I've been addicted to Baking Soda for a 6 months it started when i was pregnant. I use baking soda for everything!!! It give me an excuse to always have it around. Baking Soda is good for a number of things. I was my face and hands with it removes all of the oil from my face. I put it in my hair and on the dog when she gets stinky. I eat Baking Soda a number of times a day. I don't quite eat spoonfuls I stick my fingers in it. hmmmmmm I also take Ice cubes and dipping them in ice cube I love the taste and texture. I've recently added dry oatmeal to the baking soda. I love the dry texture of both the oats and baking soda. I worry about what the Baking Soda is doing to me in the long term. I know I shouldn't eat ice since it does damage your teeth and the oats should be ok.

I'm just glad that I found an entire community that shares the same passion as me. It makes me feel just a little bit normal.

Im totally addicted to baking soda. I started out eating it at the age of 14. I have been getting it off and on since then now I'm 24 and my addiction to baking soda is worse then over. I keep it in a baggy under my pillow at times i can get enjoy just from touching the full bag of baking soda. I eat it by either licking it of the my or sticking my finger in the bag . I love it cold though due to my mother seeing a bag under my pillow its hard to store any in the fridge without question. After she found my bag of baking soda she throw a 3lb box away. When I saw it wasn't in the bathroom I went crazy looking for some to satisfy my urge I Google any and everything about baking soda then one day in the laundry room I saw a small box sitting on the dryer and I couldn't help my self it tasted like dryer sheets but i didnt care. Since then i have emptied the box . I love the feeling of baking soda in my mouth and yes I do swallow it . It has no effect on me when I do swallow it so I continue on. I eat it most after meals and when I need to use my bathroom number two . I simply love baking soda just wish there was more info on pica and baking soda addicts.

I also use baking soda. I don't swallow it either, but I like to mix it with water and let it harden into a solid. I then like to chew it, but I spit it out and rinse my mouth afterwards. I did tell my family of my problem so that I can stop doing it. I have not used baking soda in 3 weeks, but I am really craving it.

While i don't actually eat baking soda i love chewing it. I mix together arm and hammer powdery baking soda with the grittier arm and hammer for refrigerator freshening use. This gives me a great chewing consistency which i am able to tweak between grittier or less depending on my most recent chew. I fill a used pill bottle from the pharmacy with the mixture tilt my head back fill my cheeks and chew until my saliva starts to dissolve the powder. I get a fabulous sensation like gritting my teeth or something I never swallow at least not on purpose as this nauseates my and i vomit other than that i have no ill affects. i am sure this is pica or maybe not as i don't actually eat the powder. However i have become almost a conissuer of the different consistency i can achieve based on mixing ratios. Am i alone in this unusual behavior.

I did start out brushing my teeth as a child with it.then at 25 I ate it dry with a spoon, then I wet it and let it dry, now I only eat it cold from the freezer.I get a glass of ice water and drink that right after and eat the ice it does calm me down

Wow I feel more normal I like to out the box in the freezer and let it get cold then eat ice and drink water.I have gotten a bad headache a few times I stopped for over a year but its like I went to the store and bought some cake mix to bake for work and I seen the box and grabbed it before I knew it I was back hooked.

I had no idea so many people other than me do this. I especially didn't think other ppl wet it and let it dry out. I actually wet mine and microwave it, repeat a few times and you end up with a bs ball the consistency of those little wedding mints. I used to eat powdered, but now only this way. I've been eating baking soda for I guess about 30 years. It has gotten to be more and more over the years though. I even keep a ziplok bag of those crunchy microwaved morsels in my car.

Wow, It seems like its only us ladies on here??? As a child I hated when we ran out of toothpaste because my grandma would pull out the baking soda. Then at the age of 8 I remembered taking a lick out of the box, then again at 13. At 17 and 18 I remember sneaking a teaspoon here and there to fulfill the craving. Well I've been brushing my teeth, and chewing it, by the mouthfuls for 23 years now. I always spit it out after it's dissolved. I get the fulfillment I need from having the taste linger in my mouth. I too go through a 1lb box in 2-3 days and a 4lb box in about 10-14 days. I sometimes just stand in front of the sink for 10 minutes just chewing, dissolving, and spitting. It comforts me and fulfills the craving. I used to carry it in my purse. But have "graduated" from that about 10 years ago. I just turned 40, newly married and my husband is now getting used it. The only time I stopped and lost the craving, and felt disgusted by the taste, was when my mother 10 years ago started selling "master's miracle" one of their products called "neutralizer" helps to balance your ph. After I ran out, I went right back to craving it a month later. I could buy more, but really love the taste of Baking Soda. I too love when it's in balls so i can just pick it up and crunch it. I am also anemic and have been passing out when I don't eat and extend too much energy since I was 3 years old. I also don't like iron pills, makes me constipated, and I am already not regular enough. When I'm "binging" on it sometimes, I always pray it's not the death of me.....How would my husband and family explain this. I've almost choked to death on it at least 3 times over the past 23 years from putting to much in without letting it dissolve enough. So Ok, I have shared my most embarrasing habit. But I could not have done it without reading all of your courageous stories!! Thanks to all of my Pica Sisters who understand the struggle! I am praying for us ALL..In Jesus Name please strengthen us in this area. Amen

I'm almost 23 and I've been eating baking soda since I was 16. It started when my dad would mix it in water and take it for heartburn so I decided to try it. I would lick my finger, dip it in the box and taste it. It didn't take long before I became addicted. I would take some to school in a sandwich bag and it got to the point where I would buy boxes at a time and hide them, with a spoon, in my dresser drawers. Whenever I got the chance, I would eat some. It started with just the tip of the spoon and it slowly escalated to a whole tablespoon at a time. After that, I would open the box, make a hole in the middle and fill it with water to make a solid clump in the box. When it dried, I would break it up and eat chunks at a time. I recently moved and I haven't eaten any in almost 2 months. My mouth waters every time I think about it and I watch the same YouTube video everyday of a guy who eats an entire box. I'm really trying my best not to go out and buy a box but with money, it's becoming very difficult. I know how everyone feels. It really is something that's hard to live with but we need to gather the willpower to quit!!

I watch that same video over and over

Do you still have the addiction? The baking soda taste like one ingredient used in chinese dessert called "gan soi" (cantonese). I don't know how it called in english yet.

I want to know how are you doing after taking large amount of baking soda.

I can't believe I found others just like me. I've never posted on a forum, but felt the need to share my story. I had no idea that people were eating baking soda AND chewing ice. WoW! I developed both these addictions at the very same time! It all started one day when I was really stressed. I found that both the ice and BS (baking soda) soothed me. I remember brushing my teeth as a child and sucking on the toothbrush after my mom put BS on it. Now I can't stop. Everyone keeps warning about what it is doing to me internally (high blood pressure, calcium deficiencies, etc) Basically, we are craving it from our lack of iron. I am extremely anemic! But like many of you, I can't bear to take iron pills as it makes my bowels irregular. I need to figure out how to go about eliminating this addiction. I've gone from a few pinches a day to snacking on it straight out of the box with a spoon. The ice is a whole other issue, as I have very sensitive teeth. Be very careful if you do as well. The baking soda leaves your teeth clean but excess can weaken your enamel and then cause the ice chewing to be painful and possibly crack your vulnerable teeth. Good luck out there!

I've been doing both for about 20 years now. I started in my teens (14-15) and have been addicted to baking soda and eating ice most of my life. No ill side effects that I'm aware of. I told my doctors over the years and they don't seem to have concern, since it doesn't affect my health. I do know what triggers these cravings though-low iron. I have iron deficient anemia, since my teens, and I found that the one time I got my iron levels under control, I didn't have the cravings. But unfortunately I'd rather dissolve the soda on my tongue and crunch ice instead of taking those iron supplements (and they have worse side effects-constipation). So you have a pica sister who understands your situation.

Unlike 'kenyayetti37' I love the gritty kind it's not quite a salty and yes using water to make a crunchy lump is the best. HOWEVER my blood count is now a '7' and normal is an '11'. The doctors want to give me a blood transfusion. This habit is dangerous .. it started when I was '17' and I am now '39'.

Usually people in this situation are anemic and iron pills (slow fe) will resolve the cravings completely. Slow FE (slow iron) is less likely to constipate you.

Soooooo glad I'm not the only one. My grandmother use to have me brush my teeth with it when I was young. Then I started again when I was pregnant 5 year ago and have been doing it more and more since then. I'm now to the point where I'm buying the 4lb boxes which I can go through in about a week. I tried stopping, it lasted for 4 days. Today I went and bought 2 1lb boxes...I just finished them both. It's out of control, is there anyway to stop?

All these stories are so interesting. I too use water to make lumps of baking soda, those truly are my favorite. I do not like the Arm & Hammer brand. I find myself buying the off brands from Target or Walgreens. They tend to have a powdery consistency rather than gritty (like sand). Either way, it is hard to try and quit cold turkey but I know I cannot keep doing this forever. I'm glad this forum is around so I don't feel weird about what I do.

I have eaten baking soda for about 30 years now. I brush with it, gargle with it, use it as a deoderant, as powder, and everyday when i get home from work I eat baking soda. It is my go to snack . I have a cupful by my computer as we "speak". I have hypertension and I know I have to stop . I know what its doing to my body. As much as I know, as much as I care, I cannot stop. I've been reading these responses and it sounds like the majority of people are eluding others to believe its ok... NO! NO! NO! If you can. . . try very very hard to stop. please. 30 years for me and i have liver issues kidney issues calcified uterine, its just not worth it. I am going to try hypnotherapy now. I pray it works.

You guys! I found the perfect baking soda substitute! It is soooo good! It has the texture of baking soda and everything! Try mixing together powdered vanilla coffee creamer with a little bit of table salt!!!! I'm actually starting to crave that instead now! (I'm going to try and keep my mind thinking about the way it tastes, feels, and lightens up my mouth whenever baking soda pops up in my head.) The ones who eat like a box a day might want to try powdered low-fat or low-sugar vanilla coffee creamer. It really does taste soooo good! If anybody else tries it, tell me if you agree or click like!

I actually find it better to think that I am eating baking soda when I try the substitute because it lights up my mouth better and everything.

Plus it helps me think that I really am eating baking soda.

I started having the craving for baking soda when I was pregnant with my twins. I stopped for I have recently picked up the habit again. I also chew ice which mimics the baking soda taste. I chew through at least 3-4 boxes a week. I can't stop cause when I do my salivary glands start watering, I got to have some!!!!

I've never chewed ice before, but now I understand why people who eat baking soda tend to do just that. I have to make sure not to chew ice now &gt;_&lt;.

I also love to eat baking soda. When I first tried it, I thought it was disgusting but then I became addicted to it. I don't eat that much everyday, but I think I'm addicted to it because I don't eat enough salt and enjoy the texture of melt-in-your-mouth baking soda, which has just the right amount of saltiness. I tried substituting but still went back to it. I think it's more of a psychological addiction than a physical addiction, but it may be both if I don't eat enough salt. I noticed that if I have plenty of salt, when I try the baking soda it doesn't give that oh-so-good-light-up-your-mouth feeling. However, I still think about having some more because I like the way it tastes and feels in my mouth, and I think that's where the psychological addiction comes to play and then the physiological response with the cravings. People who have only a physiological addiction can probably stop right away because they're probably taking it because their body is substituting it for a vitamin or mineral need like iron, and until the missing need is met they'll probably continue having cravings.

I'm glad there are others out there like me :) I am not anemic however (have my blood checked every year), but I crave baking soda like mad. I remember craving laundry detergent when I was pregnant, which I'm sure was do to a folic acid or some other kind of mineral or vitamin deficiency at the time.. Years later, my boyfriend introduces me to baking soda, mixed into water to cure headaches, and it worked, but I am now hooked on it. I crave baking soda water every time I drink and am drinking some now as I type. I know that too much baking soda can lead to kidney problems, so I'm not drinking any more than a teaspoon a day, which I guess isn't much compared to boxes at a time, lol. I also use it to brush my teeth and use it as a mouthwash. What's funny is my sister is anemic but never craved baking soda like I do.

I've been cleaning /washing/brushing/chewing/eating (listed in order) baking soda since i was maybe 6 i didn't start eating until i was 8. I've slowed down to only eating a small box in 2 weeks. I've stopped eating baking soda for at most 2 months and i was very happy. now I've started again and i crunch ice badly. i found out that these were symptoms of anemia. i really want to quit cold turkey. theses are some ways that helped me quit the first time.<br />
i found that swallowing half and spitting the rest sure does help you slow down in take. <br />
also buying smaller quantities and waiting about 3-7 days to buy a new box does help. another way is STOP buying extra boxes and try not to carry them with you! a better way is to divide the box into separate portions and plan out when you should eat them one portion should last up to 3days and shouldn't be bigger than 3-4 teaspoons. and if you use it for brushing your teeth you should stop while you're trying to quit so that the taste of baking soda well not be in your mouth as often.<br />
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HalleluYah, I'm not alone!! I've been chewing baking soda for about 11 years. It all started with the pregnancy of my first child and with my second child I craved cornstarch and baking soda.<br />
However, I don't swallow it but chew it until pasty and spit it out. I can go through a 1lb box in 2-3 days, and I find myself deliberately pouring water into the box and sitting it aside a couple of days until it hardens (the crunchiness is absolutely heaven and it never lasts as long as the powdered.) Meanwhile, my trusty standby is always there until the other one is ready.<br />
The doctor told me that it CAUSED anemia too. I guess brushing my teeth with brought it on. I'm determined to get off this stuff once and for all so I guess its back to iron pills and leafy greens for me.

i as well eat baking soda. i probably consume a box a month. i have one at home, one in my car and one in the fridge at work. i've tried stopping and end up going through like withdrawl symptoms. i recently found out i'm anemic as well and now catch myself eating ice. i believe the craving is just our body trying to make up for things its lacking nutrition wise.

I can so relate to a lot of u. I am 29 and I probably been eating baking soda on and off for about 20 years. I'm sitting here reading what others have posted and find it very funny that others let a few drops of water run on it and let it dry out to form the clumps. The hard pieces are my favorites. I guess one day I'm going to ask my doctor if it is harmful because I eat more now than I have ever in the past. People look at me crazy when I tell them I eat baking soda....I can't stop it's just so darn good

I too have this odd addiction. I love to eat baking soda and chew ice. I know I am anemic and figured that was why I chewed ice but never knew that was the reason for the backing soda cravings. My mother and my sister are anemic too and neither of them have either cravings. It is so odd. I have been doing both things since I was about 10 years old and I am 30 now. I did calm the baking soda down when I was pregnant with my son but once he was born, I was back to it. I thought I was "weird". I am glad to see that there are others like me out there.

You're anemic. See the doctor and get your blood components checked. I have the same Pica, alka seltzer. When I start to crave it, I know my blood counts are low.

I am so glad I'm not the only one with this problem.I crave baking soda and ice.I go through a small box in three days and 2 large cups of ice or more in a day.When I go to the store I buy at least 12 small boxes of baking soda and a bag of the crushed ice a week.My boyfriend has to stop me and say leave some for someone else.I usually clear the shelf smh....I can't kick the habit I use to eat 2 to 3 teaspoons a day but knew that was bad so I would hold it in my mouth then spit it out.Just to satisfy my craving.I was suppose to have surgery and my doctor said I couldn't because my iron,was low so that explains my cravings he said do u eat ice? I said yes he said Stop!I wanted to cry then my boyfriend said did u tell him about the baking soda I said oops! But i was too embarrassed now I'm up craving it bad but I can't have it :( because I have to get my iron level up before I have surgery.So I have to take two iron pills a day.I hope it works!

Ok I thought that I was the only one that did this. My family and friends have been hounding me to stop since I started eating baking sode 15 yrs ago when I was pregnant with my son. My husband even used to hide it from me or take it out of the cart at the market, until he realized that it was a lost cause and let me be. I go through a dlr sz box [ which is pretty big] a month. I actually pour water over it until is makes a loose paste and let it dry out. It gets hard and I break it up and eat the little crunch balls throughout the day and eat the loose powder when they are done. I am still trying to cut down on the quantity that I eat, even though other that getting bloaty once in a green moon i've had no ill effects. I am so glad that I am not crazy and that i'm not the only one. I do the ice thing too and i'm severly anemic. I had no idea that the 3 were related. I feel waaaayyyyy less self-concious everyone thank you so much.

I can't believe I'm writing this but, I too have a terrible baking soda addiction. As a matter of fact, I "chew" about two 1lb boxes a day...or more depending on how stressed out I am! In the summer, I can get the big bag of baking soda (for pools) from Home Depot otherwise, I buy the 4lb box from the supermarket; and that will only last me about two or three days. I know for a fact that I am anemic because in the past two years I have had two blood transfusions with iron transfusions. The cravings always go away after the transfusion, so I know it is a direct result of getting the iron. Then I know my iron is getting low as the cravings start to emerge again. I wish I could understand the mechanism of the addiction...and why baking soda is my "drug". I absolutely love the way the baking soda feels in my mouth as I manipulate it from powder to paste; and when there are clumps in the baking soda...I am in heaven. I love the taste and texture so much that when I am home alone, I moan in delight and dance while I'm "chewing". I never swallow it. I just manipulate it into a paste then spit it out and rinse out my mouth. While I'm doing it, I will try to tell myself that I have to stop but I just keep on going for one more spoonful until the box is empty; then I have to talk myself out of opening a new box for just one more mouthful. It's a vicious cycle and I am out of control! I keep a box in my purse, at my desk at work, in my upstairs bathroom, and downstairs in my kitchen, and I always make sure that I have a box on backup. No one knows about it. I even hoard the empty boxes because I'm afraid of what the garbage man might think. I hoard the empty boxes then crush them up and put them in a big garbage bag. Then I sneak the garbage out of the house and throw the bag away behind a supermarket or some place that has a large dumpster. I feel so secretive and ashamed. I wouldn't know how to explain what I am doing with the baking soda. I also try to alternate between the stores that I buy from and I have been asked about what it is I am doing with the baking soda. I usually tell the cashier it's for cleaning and for use with the kitty litter for the 3 cats that I don't have!! I feel relieved to actually be able to "confess"...but now I go back to my life with my secret addiction.

I know the feeling I have been eating baking soda since I was 13. Im now 24 and I also go thru 2 giant cups of ice a day. I picked the habit up from my aunt when she was pregnant. its to the point now if I even say baking soda my mouth starts watering like one of those Pavlov studies. I hate it but I dont know how to stop.

When I was newly married and pregnant with my first child, I started craving baking soda and even carried a box in my purse to "nibble" on during the day when I was out. I was 18 then and after our son was born never craved it again...til a few weeks ago. I have used it for years to brush my teeth because toothpaste causes the skin to come off the inside of my mouth. Have not craved it tho til recently and I am 63!!! I was anemic last year, and am exhausted all the time, but am disabled, so figured that the pain was causing the exhaustion...but now wonder if I am anemic still and that is the cause of the baking soda cravings. Have appointment with my doctor the 24th of May and will confess to her then and get blood tests to get to the bottom of this. All your posts have really helped and I thank you. Wish me luck!!! Will try to remember to post what I find out.