A Georgia mother has caused quite the stir after she recorded herself turning her placenta into chocolate truffles.
Earlier this month, 23-year-old beautician Kiley Whitworth and her partner, Nick, welcomed their son, Samuel, into the world and decided to turn his placenta into a decadent chocolate desert. With the help of a specialist, Whitworth made chocolate truffles out of the placenta and filmed the experience on Snapchat.
"After I gave birth to my newborn, Samuel, at an all-natural midwife centre, I saw a card for a placenta encapsulation and decided why not?" Whitworth said. "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," she added.
According to Whitworth, eating placenta after giving birth improves a new mother's postnatal health, which is a belief shared by a multitude of people, including some A-list celebrities. However, several studies refute these claims, and liken the practice to cannibalism.
The process requires the organ being steamed then dehydrated before it's blended and mixed with crushed oreos. She also made placenta-filled heart-shaped chocolates, which look just as unappetizing.
Whitworth also posted her video on Facebook, which has been viewed more than six million times and had been shared 100k times. Those who watched the graphic video were exceptionally vocal with their thoughts and opinions.
Several viewers were completely turned off:
"Might as well drink you period blood lmao 😂😂eww tf," Julie Hernández wrote.
"Wtf were these bitches thinking......I've lost hope for a lot of humanity right there," Stephen Goerzen also wrote.
"Not to be foul, I'm just stating my opinion. Why l see white people always doing some weird shit like this. You never know, she might be a member of the KKK. Why would you even perdue [sic] this at all and film this. I bet you nothing will happen to this women," Anthony Jefferson added.
While others were supportive of her decision:
"I've heard of this before! 🤗❤️ my grandmother told me about it and that's why she hardly ever gets sick LOL thanks for sharing Beautiful!!" Ivonne Arellano wrote.
"In some counties it's [considered] sacred! There isn't anything gross about this if it has any form of nourishment for yourself or ur child! What do u think freezing the placenta does!" Crystal Miller added.
"Yes the way it's done looks gross but believe it or not lots of meds used today come from organs n even urine! Pregnant woman's urine to be exact! Idk y people have to be so [closed] minded! At least this woman has every aspect of doing good for herself n child!" she concluded.
But the final consensus? In the last snap, Whitmore exclaimed the treat was "yummy."
"Almost all animals eat their placenta, so there's obviously a reason for that. Why not give it a shot?" Whitmore explained, adding the importance of having a professional on hand while baking the treats.
"Make sure you have a specialist who has been trained to do this, because if it's not done properly you can make yourself very sick."
Would you ever eat Placenta-based chocolate truffles?
[H/T: Daily Mail]