I recently suggested that any food that has been around for a long time, and that we’ve relied on as a part of our diet for a long time, ought to be OK for you. We’ve been eating our oldest, most trustworthy foods for millenia, and by this point any humans who couldn’t thrive on these foods have likely failed to survive generation after generation to pass on their genes.
Anything can happen within a given individual, but large swaths of society shoudn’t get major health problems from eating our old standby fruits, vegetables and meat.
The same things cannot be said about foods that we’ve recently changed and that we haven’t had the time to adapt to. These new foods include refined (white) flour, white rice and table sugar, the spread of each of which has closely tracked the spread of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes in different populations. It is harder to imagine that these new diseases are all caused by foods we’ve had little trouble thriving on for thousands of years.
With this thought always in the back of my head, I was taken aback when I heard at a recent investor presentation that 70 percent of women suffer some form of postpartum depression, impairing their ability to care for their newborns both psychologically/emotionally and physically (through an impact on their breast milk).
This didn’t sound right. How could two thirds of women naturally suffer an illness that harms their ability to care for their babies? This should have been ironed out millenia ago.
But it all made sense when the presenters offered up their solution. Evidently, many mammals, immediately following birth, eat their placentas. As do many women in Latin America.
Sounds gross? It may be only natural, and it may prevent postpartum depression. The placenta contains vital chemical compounds that relieve just this ailment.
Coincidence? I doubt it. My guess is, early woman (probably until more recently than you’d imagine) ate her placenta, just as many mammals do, and we probably evolved in light of that practice.
I am in no position to advise women to eat their placentas. But a business like the one presented to me would encapsulate your placenta into gel caps. You could take it each day along with your fish oil. Still sounds gross? I agree. But it just might work.