What Happens If You Eat Wax? ๐Ÿค”

Key Highlights

  • Humans have been using wax for centuries.
  • Candle wax is most commonly found in our home.
  • Eating wax in small quantities doesnโ€™t cause any harm.
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Over the centuries, humans have used wax for a range of applications.

These include, packaging, coatings, cosmetics, foods, adhesives, inks, castings, crayons, chewing gum, polishes, and candles.

But what happens if you eat wax? ๐Ÿค”

Does it cause any harm?

Let’s find out! ๐Ÿง

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What Happens If You Eat Wax?

Wax is not poisonous. After eating, it will pass through the digestive system without causing any problem. [1]

Inside our body, everything is wet and wax can’t stick to the wet surface. 

On top of that, most waxes are made from beeswax or the leaves of the Carnauba palm, which is digestible. ๐Ÿ™‚

Even the FDA approved these waxes as safe for human consumption. [2]

For this reason, you may have noticed some fruits like apples come with wax coating to make them shiny. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

But if you or your children eat wax in large amounts, it may cause intestinal blockage or intestinal obstruction, which is a medical emergency. [1] ๐Ÿคข

Also, if you are allergic to waxes or any ingredients present in wax (for example scented candles or colored candles), it may cause an allergic reaction even in small quantities. ๐Ÿคง

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Freequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if you eat candle wax?

Eating candle wax is not poisonous in small quantity and if you’re not allergic to it. In large quantities, wax can block your intentional pathway. So, don’t worry if you accidentally ate a small amount of candle wax.

What happens if you eat birthday candle wax?

Eating birthday candle wax is not poisonous in small quantity and if you’re not allergic to it. In large quantities, wax can block your intentional pathway. So, don’t worry if you accidentally ate a small amount of candle wax.

Can I die from eating wax?

No. You can’t die from eating wax in small quantity and if you’re not allergic to it. In large quantities, wax can block your intentional pathway. So, don’t worry if you accidentally ate a small amount of candle wax.

What happens if you eat cheese wax?

Eating cheese wax is not poisonous. The wax is safe for human consumption and FDA approved that.

What happens if you eat paraffin wax?

Eating paraffin wax is not poisonous in small quantity and if you’re not allergic to it. In large quantities, wax can block your intentional pathway. So, don’t worry if you accidentally ate a small amount of paraffin wax.

What happens if you eat orthodontic wax?

Eating orthodontic wax is not poisonous in small quantities and if you’re not allergic to it. In large quantities, wax can block your intentional pathway. So, don’t worry if you accidentally ate a small amount of orthodontic wax.

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The Final Word

If you or your children accidentally ate wax in any form, donโ€™t worry, it is safe.

But it is obviously not recommended eating wax as a snack. ๐Ÿ˜„

If you or your children have regular feelings of eating wax, consult with your doctor, because it is not normal.

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References

This article is written by a certified nutritionist and verified by scientific evidence. โ˜‘๏ธ

We rely on reputed and specialized media sites, academic research institutions, peer-reviewed studies, government agencies, and medical associations to source information. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

We avoid using tertiary references. Know more about how we ensure our content is accurate and current by reading our editorial policy. ๐Ÿง

Following are the references of this article.

  1. MedlinePlus: Wax poisoning. Accessed 15 November 2021.[][]
  2. Food & Drug administration (FDA): CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Accessed 15 November 2021.[]

About the Author

A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury is a IGNOU certified nutritionist in India with a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry.

He also has considerable research experience and additional certificates in nutrition. ๐Ÿ‘

Abdur started NutritionCrown in 2020 to organize nutrition information under one umbrella. โ˜‚๏ธ

He is passionate about empowering people to make well-informed food choices to support their health.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿฅ—