Back in the 60s and 70s, a fringe movement was started which saw mothers eating their own placentas.
It quickly died down in the 80s, however, in the last few years, more and more people, especially mothers, have begun eating this highly-stigmatized item of “food” once again.
It’s no wonder, considering there have been plenty of celebrity advocates for the practice. Yep, encouraging endorsements from Mad Men actress January Jones and Kim Kardashian – one of the most famous mothers on the planet – are plentiful.
Those who engage in the unconventional practice of eating their own placenta believe that the nutrients which are passed from the mother to the fetus in the womb are still contained in the placenta.
But trust me, if you thought simply eating your own placenta was weird enough, find out what one new mother did with hers.
Kiley Whitworth, a new mother from Georgia, had her placenta turned into chocolate truffles, and what’s more, she recorded the entire process for everyone to enjoy on Snapchat.
Take a look at very bizarre footage:
Needless to say, the internet’s response to the whole saga has varied from total intrigue to absolute disgust.
The 23-year-old beautician gave birth last Tuesday, and she and her partner, Nick, hired a placenta preparer, by the name of Marissa Peterson, to help her make a batch of chocolates from what is essentially meat from her own womb.
Whitworth got in touch with and ultimately hired Peterson, after finding a business card for placenta encapsulation in the maternity ward.
“After I gave birth to my newborn, Samuel, at an all-natural midwife center, I saw a card for a placenta encapsulation and decided why not?” Whitworth explains. “I was hesitant because I know it’s gross, but after researching all the health benefits I decided it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Your baby lives off that. That’s how they get all their nutrients from you, so when you give birth and get rid of it, you’re losing all those nutrients.”
The basic idea behind it was that consuming the placenta would help support her postnatal health.
Whitworth then filmed her own placenta being dehydrated, blended and transformed into both truffles and heart-shaped chocolates, on Snapchat.
The bold mother also included footage of her tasting the chocolates for the first time.
Of course, Whitworth’s decision to eat a part of her own body has been met with plenty of contention from disgusted viewers who claim it is no different to “cannibalism”. Others, however, have voiced the opinion that it is entirely Kiley’s choice to do what she wants with her body and if that means eating what is, essentially, one of her organs, then so be it.
Intrigued? Well, here’s a step by step process of how to make chocolate from placenta:
Step one: Wash thoroughly
So this is what raw placenta looks like. Yep, it’s as raw as it gets – it’s bloody and if you look closely enough, you’ll see that the umbilical cord is still very much attached. This step is simple: just wash thoroughly in preparation for the next part of the “cooking” process.
Step two: Steam the placenta
This is, in my humble opinion, the most important part of the process – no one wants raw placenta in their truffles. Simply place the placenta in a saucepan and start steaming it on the stove. The umbilical cord and amniotic sack should be placed in a dehydrator for later. Here’s hoping those of you attempt this, like your steak rare because after steaming, that’s exactly how the placenta looks.
Step three: Dehydrate the placenta
In step three, the placenta should be sliced into strips before being placed in a dehydrator to get rid of any moisture. The dehydration process takes about 16 hours, after which the placenta is finally ready to be transformed into your favorite chocolatey treats.
Step four: Prepare the batter
In this next step, the placenta should be more than ready to be ground into a fine powder with some crushed Oreo cookies thrown into the mix.
The mixture is then melted, and shaped into hearts and little balls, before being placed in the fridge to harden. The truffles are then covered in white chocolate.
Step five: Eat to your heart’s content
Okay, so as revolting as it might seem to eat something made from your own flesh, there’s no denying that the chocolates look absolutely scrumptious.
At the end of the footage, Whitworth can be seen eating the chocolates, courtesy of her own placenta.
“Trying it for the first time,” she writes in the message for her last video. As for the taste, well, Whitworth thought it was “yummy”.
The bizarre video accumulated thousands of views since it was shared on Snapchat and Facebook. While some believe eating placenta could potentially prevent post-pregnancy conditions such as postpartum depression, in other people’s eyes it is still considered a taboo.
Let’s face it, the practice of eating your own placenta – or somebody else’s for that matter – is never going to be mainstream. For that reason, it’s pretty brave for someone to document their own placenta-eating process, and if she’s fine with eating what was once part of her uterus, then who are we to judge?