Eating Wood: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat wood, you may suffer from choking, blockage, infection, or poisoning, as wood is hard, rough, and indigestible for humans.

Wood is a natural material that comes from trees.

It is mainly composed of cellulose, a complex carbohydrate that forms the structure of plant cell walls.

Wood is commonly used for construction, furniture, fuel, and other purposes.

If you accidentally eat wood, you may experience choking, intestinal blockage, infection, or poisoning.

This is because wood is hard, rough, and indigestible for humans.

Wood can cause damage to your mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines by cutting, tearing, or splintering the tissues.

Wood can also get stuck in your digestive tract and prevent the passage of food and waste.

Additionally, wood may contain bacteria, parasites, or toxins that can harm your health.

Cellulose is a type of carbohydrate that humans cannot digest.

It does not provide any nutritional value or energy for us.

Cellulose passes through our digestive system unchanged and is eliminated as waste.

Some animals, such as termites, have special enzymes and microbes that help them break down cellulose and use it as a source of energy.

It is quite uncommon to eat wood intentionally, as most people know that it is not edible or beneficial.

However, some people may eat wood due to a psychological disorder called pica, which causes them to crave and consume non-food items.

Pica can be triggered by nutritional deficiencies, mental health issues, or environmental factors.

You can seek medical attention if you eat wood and experience any symptoms of choking, blockage, infection, or poisoning.

You may need surgery to remove the wood fragments from your digestive system or to repair any damage.

You may also need antibiotics or other medications to treat any infections or toxins.

Do not try to induce vomiting or use laxatives, as this may worsen your condition.

To avoid accidental eating of wood, you should keep wood products away from your mouth and do not chew on them.

You should also store wood products in a safe place and label them clearly.

If you have children or pets, you should supervise them and prevent them from accessing wood products.

If you have pica or any other condition that makes you want to eat wood, you should consult a doctor or a therapist for help.

Finally, remember, wood is not food and should not be eaten.

Eating wood can cause serious health problems and complications.

Wood is only meant to be used for other purposes, such as building, crafting, or burning.

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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