Are Etsy Glitter Pills Safe? What One Doctor Said Might Make You Rethink 'Glitter Poop'

There are "glitter pills" sold on Etsy that, after eating a bunch of them, will usually allow you to poop glitter. Oh yes, you read that correctly: People are seeking glitter pills to make their poop shimmer. Well, that's one way to get into the holiday spirit.

You might be wondering when this glitter pills madness began -- and if it's too late to make your poo "shine bright like a diamond." There's a far more important question you might want to be asking: Are glitter pills actually safe in the first place?

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when glitter pills caught on. Vocativ reports that Emily of the aptly named EatGlitter website believes she was the first to start selling glitter pills. The glittery products were initially created as an art project in 2011. However, another artist seems to have beaten Emily to the punch. Tobias Wong crafted "24-karat gold-leaf capsules" in 2005. Wong claimed they were a commentary on "meaningless luxury items."

If you want to poop pure gold glitter, it's going to cost you $425 per capsule. There are far cheaper options currently available on Etsy.

There's just one issue, and it's one that both Vocativ and the Daily Dot pointed out: Glitter pills aren't edible by default. You're not really supposed to eat glitter. Sure, they're "non-toxic." That doesn't mean they were made for humans to consume them in large quantities. If glitter wasn't intended to be eaten, will doing so anyway lead to negative consequences?

Daily Dot contacted "toxicologists and regulatory agencies" for further information. The good news? No one they contacted could confirm that glitter pills were inherently dangerous. As of now, there don't seem to be any reports in existence that anyone was seriously harmed by eating glitter.

A John Hopkins doctor was consulted by iDigitalTimes; he gave advice more sensible than anyone who wants sparkly poop probably wants to hear -- "I don't think [eating glitter] is medically advisable."

So, there you have it: No doctor worth their salt will probably ever tell you it's 100 percent okay to eat glitter pills. If you're a cautious individual who worries about how foreign, non-edible objects affect your body and health, glitter pills probably aren't for you.

However, if you're someone who is all about unconventional fun, then you'll probably want to say that at least once in your life, you had "sparkly poop." It's understandable. There are images of "successful" glitter projects posted to the web. Rather than repulse, the images and ideas have only fueled the desire to share in the fun of glittery excrements.

Interestingly, the biggest known risk associated with glitter pills isn't medical in nature. It's in actuality something far more simple: disappointment. From time to time, some eager glitter pill customers aren't able to enjoy a sparkly result. Instead, it seems either the capsules failed to open or perhaps they didn't eat enough of the product.

Whatever the case, there's hardly any sparkles to be seen or none at all. In those cases, hapless customers complained of being ripped off.

Now that glitter pills are a thing, it's likely that they'll continue to sell -- and sell very well -- for years to come. Their non-edible nature makes some wonder if anyone will ever get around to making special, edible glitter pills. Glitter pills that you're supposed to eat? It seems like the only way to make this trend even better.

Have you heard about the glitter pill trend? Do you think glitter pills are safe to eat? Share your thoughts on this unique holiday trend below!

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