No, that’s not a typo for “pasta.” We’re talking about kids eating paste–especially the kind of paste they use in grade school classrooms for assorted art projects.
My wife says she used to eat paste in school. I didn’t. In those days it was a white past that came in a squat black or blue jar and was scooped out with tongue depressors. Nowadays it has been replaced by Elmer’s School Paste, which is basically the same thing in a different package.
How bad is it, for a kid to eat school paste?
Believe it or not, it’s no problem! The ingredients of school paste are flour, sugar, water, and alum or lime juice to keep off the silverfish–almost the same ingredients as pasta. So yes, you can eat school paste and not get sick. My wife says she ate it because she liked the taste.
I am asked if it’s okay to eat mucilage. I have no idea! Why would you want to eat mucilage? Or crayons? I knew a kid in junior high who used to snack on Milk Bones. Reach into her pocketbook and pull one out, crunch, crunch.
When you’ve got people figure out, let us all know.