During her pregnancy with daughter Banks Violet, Hilary Duff kept it real about the trials and tribulations of bringing a new human into the world. And the actress continues to keep it real post-pregnancy. Specifically, she opened up about drinking her own placenta. Yep. It’s a thing.
On the November 8th episode of Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast, the Younger star revealed that after giving birth, she blended her placenta into a smoothie with “lots of berries and lots of fruit juice.” The final product got rave reviews from the actress.
The star acknowledge that she couldn’t actually taste the placenta thanks to all the added sugar.
Duff admitted that she initially felt a bit “wigged out” by the idea of eating her placenta, but after researching the potential health benefits, she decided to give it a try. She even revealed that the rest of her placenta was frozen into ice cubes so that she can continue to enjoy placenta smoothies in the future.
According to CNN, proponents of placenta-eating argue that it can help stave off post-partum depression, increase milk supply, and improve bonding with your baby. There’s not a lot of evidence to support this, though, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually recommends against it because of the risks of exposure to bacteria like salmonella.
That being said, the practice has become quite the trend in recent years, with celebrities like Nikki Reed, Blac Chyna, and Kim Kardashian all participating. At the end of the day, deciding to eat your placenta is an individual choice. And Duff’s placenta smoothie experience proves you can’t knock it ’til you try it.