Eating Tissue: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat tissue paper, you may have stomach upset and indigestion due to the cellulose and chemicals in it.

Tissue paper is a lightweight paper or light crepe paper that is made from wood pulp or recycled paper.

Tissue paper can be used for various purposes, such as facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, wrapping, and hygiene.

Tissue paper is usually bleached and processed with chemicals to make it soft and white.

If you accidentally eat tissue paper, you may experience some gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

This is because it contains cellulose and other chemicals that are not digestible by the human body.

Cellulose is a complex carbohydrate that forms the cell walls of plants and gives them strength and structure.

Chemicals such as chlorine, dyes, and fragrances can be toxic or irritating to the digestive system.

It is quite uncommon to eat tissue paper, unless you have a condition called pica, which is an eating disorder that makes you crave non-food items.

Pica can be caused by iron deficiency, malnutrition, pregnancy, stress, or mental disorders.

Eating tissue paper regularly can lead to serious complications, such as intestinal blockage, infection, tooth damage, and poisoning.

You can try to relieve the symptoms of eating tissue paper by drinking plenty of water, taking antacids, or eating bland foods.

However, if you have severe or persistent symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

To avoid accidental eating of tissue paper, you should keep it out of reach of children and pets, and store it in a closed container or drawer.

You should also consult your doctor if you have a persistent urge to eat tissue paper or other non-food items, as this may indicate an underlying health problem.

Finally, remember, tissue paper is not food and should not be eaten.

It has no nutritional value and can harm your health.

If you have a craving for tissue paper, you should try to find a healthier alternative or seek professional help.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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