When it comes to food, perhaps no one is more adventurous than Emma Thompson, a woman who enjoys dining on kitchen sponges.
Believe it or not, this 23-year-old lady can munch up to 20 sponges a day depending on her mood or level of stress.
To make the non-food item taste better, Thompson soaks them in a dishwashing liquid, particularly in apple-flavored Fairy brand liquid soap. She also removes the scouring pad before feasting on the sponge.
Her extremely bizarre preference for sponges is brought about by her eating disorder known as pica. This condition drives an affected individual to crave for items with no nutritional value.
Thompson disclosed that her unusual craving began when she started chewing on bath sponges at the age of three.
Apparently, Thompson discovered she liked the taste of kitchen sponges better while washing the dishes two years ago. Now, she’s willing to spend about £6 to sustain her unusual addiction.
“I enjoy the taste of it, I enjoy it more than food. Some people go out for a steak, I would rather go out for a sponge. It’s a guilty pleasure, some people smoke—I eat sponges. It’s not a dirty habit, it’s a clean [one]. My friends take the mick out of me and say: ‘Are we going to have sponge and chips for tea?’. I chew it and sometimes I swallow it. I like the smell and taste of the washing up liquid on the sponge. It tastes like apples, it’s quite foamy. My mouth gets full of foam,” Thompson told The Daily Mail UK.
As for the medical side effects of her guilty pleasure, Thompson said she has only had tonsillitis. Experts, on the other hand, said that she could possibly experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea in the future because of her weird eating habit.
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