Would you like a side of placenta with that?
It would seem there are a lot of women out there eating their own placenta. Check out this YouTube video of a young mother who defrosts her placenta, seasons it and then has her husband BBQ grill it before serving it to friends - *shudder*.
I Googled it - 'placenta eating' otherwise known as 'Placentophagia'.
Placentophagia is said to have a number of health benefits for women including the prevention of post-partum depression, the promotion of milk production and the shrinking or 'çleaning' of the uterus. Sites refer to unnamed studies that provide evidence of the benefits, yet critics say there is no conclusive evidence to date. In all honesty, I don't care. If eating a placenta meant I could sprout wings and fly - I ain't doin' it!
If watching this video didn't gross me out enough, reading recipes for placenta certainly did. Fancy a placenta smoothie to wash down your placenta lasagne, spaghetti, pizza or stew? Oh yes, this is happening people and I suspect those for which it is happening will not like the tone of this post. I am thinking of the Las Vegas woman, Anne Swanson, who after a month of giving birth was battling the Sunrise Hospital for the return of her placenta. Ms Swanson went so far as to stage a protest outside the hospital with placards reading "Free the placenta". Do you really want a month old placenta back?!
I am the first to be in awe of this marvellous endocrine organ. It is life giving. I even thanked mine when they took it away. Seriously, I did. I remember doing it in my post delivery euphoria and morphine haze. But eating it? It's all one step too far for me, even if you can dehydrate and encapsulate it for easy consumption.
It might be nutrient rich, but so is a glass of vegetable juice - and I'm sure it tastes better.
So back to that placenta smoothie...
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