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A Placenta at the Table


In a paper certain to rile up some debate (and maybe a few stomachs), neuroscientists at the University of Buffalo and Buffalo State College ponder the potential health benefits of human mothers consuming components of their afterbirth — maybe non-mothers and males, too.

They're not talking about the entire placenta, but possibly encapsulated portions of it. They note that elsewhere in nature, the practice of placentophagia is widespread and significant, increasing the effects of pregnancy-mediated analgesia, triggering caretaking behaviors, and suppressing postpartum pseudopregnancy.

According to Mark Kristal, a neuroscientist at the University of Buffalo who has studied placentophagia for more than 40 years, the biggest question isn't what would happen, but rather why humans don't already mimic other animals in this practice.

"Why don't humans engage in placentophagia as a biological imperative as so many other mammals apparently do?" asked Kristal. "We clearly do not do this as a matter of course today and apparently, never have. Perhaps for humans, there is a greater adaptive advantage to not eating the placenta."

Kristal and colleagues urge further investigation. Even if scientists never learn why humans don't practice placentophagia, they might be able to extrapolate medicinal or behavioral benefits.

The paper is published in the journal Ecology of Food and Nutrition.



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It also contains 66 milligrams of cholesterol (22 percent); 1,133 mg of sodium (47 percent); 29.3 grams of total carbohydrates (10 percent); 1.5 grams of dietary fiber (6 percent) and 12.9 grams of protein.



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