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Prevalence of Geophagia and its possible implications to health – A study in rural South Africa

  title={Prevalence of Geophagia and its possible implications to health – A study in rural South Africa},
  author={Grace George and E A Agbor Ndip}
Habitual and intentional consumption of soil (geophagy) by both humans and animals have been reported in literature as a complex eating behavior. A survey was conducted in one of the rural districts of the Eastern Cape province in South Africa to assess and document the prevalence of geophagic practices among its population. The results of the survey indicated the wide spread practice of geophagia among young girls, pregnant as well as non pregnant women. Reasons for the practice ranged from… 

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