Eating Wax: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat wax, it will most likely pass through your digestive system without causing any harm, but it may cause diarrhea or stomach discomfort in some people.

Wax is a diverse class of organic compounds that are lipophilic, malleable solids near ambient temperatures.

They include higher alkanes and lipids, typically with melting points above about 40 °C (104 °F), melting to give low viscosity liquids.

Waxes are insoluble in water but soluble in nonpolar organic solvents such as hexane, benzene and chloroform.

Natural waxes of different types are produced by plants and animals and occur in petroleum.

If you accidentally eat wax, it will most likely pass through your digestive system without causing any harm.

This is because wax is largely indigestible and has a low toxicity.

Wax can act as a laxative and may cause diarrhea or stomach discomfort in some people, but this is not a serious health concern.

Wax contains various compounds such as fatty acids, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, alkanes, and ketones.

Some of these compounds can have positive or negative effects on the body, depending on the type and amount of wax ingested.

For example, fatty acids can provide energy and help lower cholesterol, while aldehydes can irritate the mucous membranes and cause inflammation.

It is quite uncommon to eat wax intentionally, as it has no nutritional value and does not taste good.

However, some people may accidentally consume wax from food products such as cheese, candy, or chocolate, where wax is used as a coating or an additive to improve texture and appearance.

In these cases, the amount of wax is usually very small and does not pose any health risks.

You can prevent accidental ingestion of wax by reading the labels of food products and avoiding those that contain wax or other additives that you are allergic or sensitive to.

You can also check the ingredients of cosmetics, candles, crayons, and other household items that may contain wax and keep them away from children and pets.

If you suspect that you or someone else has eaten a large amount of wax, you should contact a doctor or a poison control center for advice.

Finally, remember, wax is a natural substance that has many uses and benefits, but it is not meant to be eaten.

If you accidentally eat wax, do not panic, as it will most likely pass through your system without causing any serious problems.

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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