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is it unhealthy to eat paper if you don't swallow?

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Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Nganswered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 20 years experience
Eating paper: I think by definition, eating implies swallowing/ingesting. So my answer is maybe. Paper itself may not be very dangerous, but the inks and chemicals in it may be. Also, eating paper may represent pica and be associated with anemia or other health conditions. Talk to your health provider about it.

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Last updated Jul 16, 2018

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