Can raw rice addiction result in low hemoglobin?

Q. Will eating raw rice result in low hemoglobin?

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Dr. Chaithanya. R
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This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 19, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 18, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from low hemoglobin levels. I have attached my laboratory test report. I have a habit of eating raw rice, which I am suspecting as the reason for this low count. Kindly have a look and prescribe medicines to increase my hemoglobin levels. I am currently taking Orofer XT one tablet a day. I am a 26 year old male. My height is 177 cm and weight is 67 kg.



Welcome to I'm glad you reached out. Regarding your current problem, I don't believe that consuming raw rice is the cause. However, your symptoms indicate the possibility of anemia. To address this, I recommend continuing with Orofer XT, taking one tablet daily for a period of three months without missing any doses. It is also advisable to discontinue the consumption of raw rice.

In addition, I suggest considering Albendazole 400 mg, one tablet per day, as it can effectively eliminate any potential worm infestation. However, it is crucial to consult with your doctor first, discuss your symptoms and concerns, and obtain their consent before initiating any medication.

If you have any other symptoms or if you have sought medical attention previously, please provide that information for a better understanding of your situation.

Thank you doctor,

I do not have any other symptoms. I have not been to a doctor in person, but had a consultation over the phone and explained my problem along with the reports. He suggested me to go with Orofer XT. I just wanted to confirm the same and also like to know if there is any other better way to improve hemoglobin. I read an article in which a 26 year old woman consumes a bowl of raw rice every evening. After three years, skin and conjunctiva paleness were seen. But, otherwise she was normal. Her laboratory test showed iron deficiency anemia and she was diagnosed to have pica. This is the reason for my assumption of eating raw rice could be the cause for my low hemoglobin levels.



Welcome back to It appears that you are experiencing pica, which is an irresistible urge to eat non-food items such as sand, mud, and in your case, raw rice. It is important to ignore these cravings and refrain from consuming such substances.

Instead, I recommend developing a habit of consuming dates and green leafy vegetables daily, as they provide essential nutrients. Jaggery can also be beneficial in addressing nutritional deficiencies.

Remember to avoid eating raw rice and continue taking your prescribed medications as directed. If you have any further concerns or questions, please let me know.

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