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Hi MandyvPandy

I can certainly relate to your ice cravings. I used to rate restaurants by what kind of ice they had - I always preferred the smaller cubes that I could chomp on easier and I knew which restaurants had them! My husband would eat a bowl of potato chips and I would eat ice.

When I found out that I had low hemoglobin and iron counts I was sent to a hematologist. He asked me if I chewed ice ! When I told him yes he said that is a symptom of iron deficiency but to refrain from chewing it because it was not good for you. To make a long story short, in February I had to have an iron transfusion. Since then my iron counts have stayed up and I have not craved the ice.

Are you iron counts still low? Did you know that chewing ice is also bad for your teeth? I knew that but it didn't stop me from chomping. Let me know how you're doing. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. B. :wave:
[QUOTE=cookingmom]Hi MandyvPandy

I can certainly relate to your ice cravings. I used to rate restaurants by what kind of ice they had - I always preferred the smaller cubes that I could chomp on easier and I knew which restaurants had them! My husband would eat a bowl of potato chips and I would eat ice.

When I found out that I had low hemoglobin and iron counts I was sent to a hematologist. He asked me if I chewed ice ! When I told him yes he said that is a symptom of iron deficiency but to refrain from chewing it because it was not good for you. To make a long story short, in February I had to have an iron transfusion. Since then my iron counts have stayed up and I have not craved the ice.

Are you iron counts still low? Did you know that chewing ice is also bad for your teeth? I knew that but it didn't stop me from chomping. Let me know how you're doing. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. B. :wave:[/QUOTE]
I also have a chronic iron deficiency, but because I have very sensitive teeth, I only crave shaved ice such as what you would get in a slushy or Italian Ice treat. But the crunchies still occur in the form of pretzels salted or not, doesn't matter, or peanuts, or the fake fat fried potato chips, (don't like taste of real oil any more, it all tastes stale)My theory is that in some way or shape the iron craving makes us want to eat which makes us want to chew just as we lose our appetites for nutrition, so we end up chewing or eating non-nutritious foods, due to the altered perceptions and tastes due to the anemia. Isn't that just a squirrel loop and a half?
When I had IDA and my ferritin was 4, I liked cold water and would crave cold soda pop...non diet every so often. I craved steak and would eat the thawed frozen spinich from the box ....didn't want to wait to cook it.
Hey I eat ice like its going out of style my Dr said it was because of my anemia. I have metal teeth thanks to a softball so i can handle the crunching my friends just hate the sound of it though. My anemia is related to lupus been anemic for years and didnt know why. well keep on crunching
Jenny
Wow that is so weird..i eat ice too..i thought i was the only one! My iron ferratin level is 7. I always thought ferratin was the same thing as hemoglobin

I am obsessed with ice coffee at the moment even though it is cold outside!
This is very common with IDA. I am anemic and crave ice and popsicles(and it's 20 degrees where I live now!). I could eat a box of popsicles and still want more!
I had ice cravings to bad I would also go through a small bag of ice in 2 days if it lasted that long and that was with me working full time also. I had those cravings for a long time and it wasn't until I started having problems with numbness in my hands and feet and went to my dr and a neurologist that they figured out that I was b12 deficient and extremely anemic, I had no detectible feritin level a hematacrit of 20 and several other iron tests that were extremely low. I now get b12 shots every month and have to have monthy iron transfusions in a port in my chest (as I have no veins for a regular iv)which I will have for the rest of my life due to the fact I don't metabolize either one from what I eat so the tablets and liquid iron did not do a thing. I don't crave the ice anymore but I know I need to see my hematologist and do more frequent transfusions when I start to crave ice again as they do my blood work and things have dropped again. :wave:
Hi,

I've had a few bouts of anemia. My iron levels just started dropping again, and I knew because the ice craving came back, though this time, it's not severe (1-2 pieces satisfy me).

I won't advocate eating extreme amounts of ice, but if you must have it, there are ways that won't ruin your teeth.
-- fill only the bottom of ice cube trays to make ice wafers. I find it's not that I need to chew them. I just want the breaking and release of cold water. The thin wafers break on my tongue, and even if I bite down, they're thin enough not to stress my teeth.
-- get a crushed ice machine or use a blender or smoothie machine to make crushed ice. You can eat it with a spoon from a bowl.

To the person who asked why anemia makes us crave ice, I don't think they know. It's just water, especially if you're drinking bottled distilled water, as I do.

I've wondered about letting the water sit in a cast iron pan before putting it in an ice cube tray, to give it some iron content....





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