Alex's Answer

I crave things like charcoal

Your Question

I’m 14 and I crave things like charcoal , activated charcoal powder ,rice husk ash and sometimes even coal graphite and although some say that it can be lack of iron I have a relatively average iron level do you have any idea why I crave these inedible things ?


Hello there! welcome to Ask Alex!
We understand that being a teenager comes with its unique set of experiences and challenges. First off, we want to say well done for reaching out and sharing what you’re going through – it takes courage to open up about something like this.
Cravings for non-food items, like charcoal, activated charcoal powder, rice husk ash, or even coal graphite, can be quite puzzling. While we are not medical professionals in Childline, we’d like to gently suggest that it would be important for you to discuss these cravings with a healthcare provider, like a dietitian or your GP. Sometimes, such cravings can be linked to nutritional imbalances or other underlying factors that a medical professional can help identify.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in facing these feelings, and reaching out for support is a positive step forward. Friends, family, or professionals can be excellent resources during moments like  these, and you have the right to receive such support.
If you ever find it challenging to talk to someone close to you, the Childline Team are also here for you. You can always reach out to us at by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at We’re here to listen, without judgment, 24/7, because you deserve support and understanding, no matter the reason or time.
Look after yourself, and know we are here for you anytime,

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