Cotton ball diet

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The cotton ball diet is a diet that involves consuming cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices or smoothies.[1] The cotton is intended to make a person's stomach feel full without them gaining weight.[1] The diet has been repeatedly condemned as dangerous.[1]

Health risks[edit]

The cotton balls can cause blockages in the digestive system.[2] Blockage in the intestines could result in dehydration, death of the gastrointestinal tract and damage to internal organs.[3] The diet will also result in a nutrition disorder.[3]

The diet can also cause choking because the cotton balls cannot be broken down and must be eaten whole.[3] Most cotton balls are made from bleached polyester rather than cotton,[1] and toxins in the synthetic ingredients of cotton balls can build up over time and cause organ damage.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Neporent, Liz (21 November 2013). "Dangerous Diet Trend: The Cotton Ball Diet". ABC News. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Cotton-Ball Diet' Rotten, Say Nutritionists". CBS. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Savastio, Rebecca (22 November 2013). "Cotton Ball Diet Goes Viral and May Kill Dieters". Guardian Express. Retrieved 23 November 2013.