Bride Says She Consumed More Than 1,000 Calories Licking Her Wedding Save-the-Date Envelopes — Expert Weighs In

The adhesive used on envelopes is a carbohydrate substance that has calories, though an "insignificant" amount, according to nutritionist Stephanie Di Figlia-Peck

<p>Getty</p> A stock image of a woman licking an envelope


A stock image of a woman licking an envelope

A bride-to-be has gone viral after claiming that her save-the-date cards racked up her caloric intake.

In a recent TikTok video, Chloe Williams says that she licked all of the envelopes for her save-the-dates — then mistakenly read that she consumed more than 1,000 calories in the process. In the video, Williams can be seen holding up a set of white envelopes for the camera. "I just found out I consumed over 1,000 cal in one sitting by licking envelopes," she wrote over the video.

Williams then explained in the post's caption that she "accidentally looked at British stamps cals instead of envelopes" when calculating the calorie tally.

According to The Guardian, the glue on British stamps contains about 5.9 calories per lick; the adhesive on a larger commemorative or special British stamp can contain 14.5 calories. The adhesive on a U.S. envelope contains around 1.7 calories per gram, per the Food and Drug Administration, amounting to one-tenth of a calorie per lick. The adhesive substance can even be found on food and calorie tracking apps such as Fitbit.

Self-adhesive envelopes utilize glue produced from dextrin or gum arabic, a natural substance consisting of hardened sap from acacia trees which becomes sticky when moisture is added to it — whether from licking or applying water.

According to nutritionist Stephanie Di Figlia-Peck of Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., "This is non-toxic, gluten-free and similar to what is used in hard candy."

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<p>Getty</p> A woman holding stationery


A woman holding stationery

However, Di Figlia-Peck stressed that even if someone is licking a large volume of invitations in one sitting like Williams did, the caloric consumption is "insignificant."

"I would never want to promote that if someone licks this [adhesive] substance they will gain weight. In general, calorie balance is not one day; it’s over the course of several days. It’s the dietary pattern that makes the difference in whether someone gains or loses weight," she told PEOPLE.

In the comment section of Williams' video, many people questioned why the bride-to-be chose to lick the envelopes rather than use a wetting stick or other sealing tool, and she replied that she purchased one to use when she does her wedding invitations.

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Other commenters offered their tips for sealing envelopes without having to lick them and worry about ingesting too much adhesive. "I just use a glue stick," one person shared, while another suggested, "Please get little double-sided tape dispensers."

"If you cut a sponge into small pieces (like thumbnail size) and dip them in water it's actually faster than licking envelopes," someone else wrote.

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Yet another commenter advised using a paintbrush and water.

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Di Figlia-Peck pointed out one possible issue that could result from licking envelopes. "The surface of our tongue has microorganisms, and we don’t want to alter the composition of our oral microbiome. So anything in excess is not promoted because we would not want to alter that as it affects our gastrointestinal tract," she explained, noting that excessive consumption of envelope adhesive could potentially cause digestive problems or other GI issues down the line.

"Your tongue and mouth will thank you for it, as we want to maintain the normal integrity of those surfaces and areas. Remember, our tongue and mouth provide a first line barrier to our whole gastrointestinal system, and keeping all parts healthy will help keep all body systems functioning optimally," she added.

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