Eating Wax Paper: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat wax paper, you will most likely not suffer any serious harm, but you may experience some digestive discomfort or problems.

Wax paper is tissue paper that has been coated with paraffin wax on both sides, giving it a slick surface that is resistant to grease and moisture but not heat.

If you accidentally eat wax paper, you will most likely not experience any serious harm or complications.

This is because wax paper is mostly made of paper and wax, which are not toxic or harmful to humans in small amounts.

Paper is a cellulose-based material that can be digested by some enzymes in the human body, but not very efficiently.

Wax is a hydrocarbon that is insoluble in water and mostly passes through the digestive system unchanged.

However, eating too much wax paper may cause some digestive issues, such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea.

This is because wax paper can interfere with the normal function of the intestines and cause irritation or obstruction.

It is quite uncommon to eat wax paper on purpose, but it may happen accidentally if the paper is used to wrap or line food items.

You can prevent this by removing the paper before eating the food, or by using parchment paper instead of wax paper for baking or cooking purposes.

To avoid accidental ingestion of wax paper, you should also keep it away from children and pets, who may mistake it for food or chew on it out of curiosity.

If you suspect that someone has eaten a large amount of wax paper, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Finally, remember, wax paper is not edible and should not be used for anything that involves heat or direct contact with food.

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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