Why Do People Crave Baking Powder?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 13, 2020 10:26:39 AM ET

Pica is a medical condition that causes sufferers to crave unusual items with no nutritional value, such as baking powder, clay, dried paint, soap, dirt and ice. The condition, which frequently appears during pregnancy, can cause life-threatening abnormalities in heart and muscle function. Pica is often seen in children.