The CDC Issues A Warning Against Eating Your Own Placenta

The CDC had to issue a warning against eating your own placenta, given that it seems to be a growing trend among celebrities and could catch on in pop culture.

The Trend

Given that there is a growing fad among celebrities to eat your own placenta following giving birth- also an age-old tradition in some cultures- the CDC had to issue a warning against it. An example of some celebrities that did this are Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, as well as January Jones from “X-Men: First Class.”

The trend went pretty viral resulting in many Youtubers posting videos of “how to prepare placenta,” “cook placenta” and even how to make a placenta milkshake. Some men have even made “placenta tacos” and there is a book called “25 Placenta Recipes- Easy and Delicious Cooking with Placenta,” with apparently great reviews on Amazon.

The Warning

The CDC, in response, issued a report that not only points out that there is no evidence of any health benefits for eating your own placenta, but that there could even be harmful effects for your child.

The report tells a story about a woman who had asked a firm to turn her placenta into an ingestible pill. The firm took the placenta, cleaned, dehydrated and grinded it into several capsules. The woman then reported that her child had fallen ill. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong until they found out that the woman had requested for her placenta after his birth.

They then tested the capsules and found out that it contained an infectious bacteria strain found in the placenta. The CDC presumed that the doctors didn’t heat the placenta well enough to kill all the germs in it before shipping it to the woman.

“Placenta ingestion has recently been promoted to postpartum women for its physical and psychological benefits, although scientific evidence to support this is lacking,” the CDC warned. They point out, “No standards exist for processing placenta for consumption,” meaning there are no regulations to ensure safety.

“The placenta encapsulation process does not per se eradicate infectious pathogens; thus, placenta capsule ingestion should be avoided.”