Cornstarch consumption is associated with weight gain, high blood pressure, cancer, anaemia, constipation, ulcers, tooth decay, and diabetes. These dangers rise with increased usage of cornstarch. Pica is the medical disorder of cornstarch desire. Amylophagia is a kind of pica in which cornstarch is compulsively consumed. According to Healthy Eating, it is typical among pregnant women.
The endosperm of the maize kernel provides cornstarch. It is typically used in baked and fried meals as a thickening agent. According to Healthy Eating, cornstarch is a high-calorie, low-nutrition food. Iron and zinc deficiencies in the blood are a major cause of cornstarch desire. Cornstarch contains 30 calories per teaspoon, but is devoid of fibre, protein, vitamins, and lipids. GMO cornstarch poses greater health concerns than organic cornstarch.
Pica affects both children and adults. Among the symptoms of pica is the ingestion of non-edible substances such as clay, paint, ice, and sand. A mineral deficiency blood test is used to diagnose pica. The treatment of pica relies on behaviour modification, mineral replacement, and the resolution of underlying medical disorders, such as iron-deficiency anaemia. Amylophagia in a pregnant woman may result in poor foetal growth and preterm birth, according to Wikipedia. When a hunger for cornstarch is suspected, a medical professional must be sought promptly for evaluation and treatment.