What is a Cotton ball diet?

In this article, we are going to discuss the “What is a Cotton ball diet?”. I will also talk about the cotton ball diet and fad diets. In addition, I will be discussing some reasons why people follow such diets and the dangers of the cotton ball diet. 

What is a Cotton ball diet?

A cotton ball diet is as the name suggests: cotton balls dipped in some kind of juice or smoothie or any liquid of choice. It is believed that these cotton balls would make your stomach feel full and you will not need to eat more food. 

The purpose of dipping cotton balls in these liquids or juices is a way to trick the taste buds that you ate something. It is a very dangerous and unhealthy diet that should not be adapted. 

This diet can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, as it makes food the culprit and avoids it at all costs. It also would lead to the development of certain food disorders and malnutrition.

What are fad diets?

A cotton ball diet is a Fad diet. Fad diets are restrictive in nature. These diets have big promises and claim to lose a considerably big amount of weight in a short period of time. 

All fad diets are said to be temporary and once a person stops these diets, they regain the weight back. This diet does not take into account the body’s nutritional needs, vitamins and minerals as well. 

These diets are not researched or science-based. Some of them are endorsed by celebrities as a quick, yet temporary solution. Some diets eliminate certain food groups completely, while others restrict calories immensely. These short-period diets are not a solution to a long-term weight loss problem. 

Very often you can spot such diets by some things or wording they use. They include lists of good versus bad food on that diet. 

Natural food is not harmful to the body, rather artificial food, and processed food with trans fat are. Most of these diets have these too-good-to-be-true claims of losing so much weight in a short period of time, do not be fooled you will end up gaining that weight back once you are off that diet. 

These diets are sometimes based on a single research paper, not fully researched. It is not scientific based in any way. It addresses everyone meaning it puts everyone in the same pot. It does not take into consideration the differences between people whether ethnicity, body sensitivity, or health conditions.

Some of them are commercial, which means they want to sell and gain profit. It could be a book about the diet plan they are selling or a special kind of product that helps you shed weight magically. They often have these dramatic lines as the main motto they go with. It is compelling and all addressed to market the product or service and is not beneficial in any way. On the contrary these diets are harmful, and some cause major vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Why do people follow such a diet?

Society has idealized a certain body shape as the “perfect” “ideal” and “goals” for people. The extremely thin models seen on the runway type bodies. So the standard of being beautiful is reaching that level of thinness that these models have. 

People suffering from low self-esteem are the ones who are most likely to follow such a dangerous diet. Such diets lead to food disorders and unhealthy relationships with food.

What are some health risks to the cotton ball diet?

The diet has some serious health risks physically it can lead to choking and obstruction in the intestine. The cotton balls are not digested by the body and thus are covered by mucus and form a ball called bezoar that would lead to obstruction of the intestine.

 A wide range of symptoms is accompanied by intestinal obstruction like vomiting, constipation, cramps, abdominal pain, and swelling. Severe obstruction sometimes needs surgery to be treated.  So you will be putting yourself in the hospital.

Many cotton ball products are made from bleached polyester. This could cause toxicity upon the consumption of these cotton balls. Bleach is harmful to humans and should not be consumed.

This diet can also lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when the body is deprived of the essential vitamins and minerals to main healthy tissues, muscles, and body function. It increases the risk of infection and weakens the immunity.  Some of the symptoms include:

  • Pale, thick, and dry skin
  • Bruising easily
  • Rashes
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Thin hair and fragile
  • Achy joints
  • Soft and tender bones
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen and cracked tongue
  • Night blindness
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare


In this article, we discussed the “Cotton ball diet”.I also talked about the cotton ball diet and fad diets. In addition, I discussed some reasons why people follow such diets and the dangers of the cotton ball diet. 


Malnutrition | Johns Hopkins Medicine

What Is the Cotton Ball Diet? (verywellmind.com)

Fad Diets: Diet, Types, Tips (clevelandclinic.org)

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