Pork Loin or Placenta: Hey Kids, Guess What's for Dinner?

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Looking to scare your mother-in-law away from your holiday table this year? Try serving up placenta lasagna.

Apparently, eating placenta is the new dinner du jour, according to San Francisco writer Cynthia Miller who chronicles the trend on the site MeatPaper.com. Human placenta was the hopeful entrée for a recent Adventures in Dining group she was invited to, but the plans were foiled by formaldehyde, she writes.

Nonetheless, Miller says her curiosity was sparked, and, dare we say, so is ours. Turns out a surprising number of modern women and even a few men espouse the healing powers of placenta ingestion, she writes on MeatPaper.com.

The placenta culinary possibilities are many, according to placentabenefits.info.

"Some women feel comfortable putting placenta in a smoothie, or creating a special recipe for it," the website reports. "Some women even consume it raw. But, for many, the preferred method of ingestion is by capsule. The placenta can be dried, ground and encapsulated. The capsules can then be taken daily for a number of weeks. You reap all of the healthful benefits of placenta quickly, easily and discreetly."

And good news: There are Placenta Encapsulation Specialists who will come to your baby's birth and encapsulate your placenta, the site says.

Connoisseurs may want to join the Facebook group "Placenta: It's what's for dinner."

"This group is dedicated to those that enjoy the mature taste of a placenta ... freshly plopped out of a vag." [As in vagina.] "You can fry them, you can sautee them, you can even put them raw in sushi. The possibilities are really endless," the page reads.

Other sites, such as momlogic.com, will tell you placenta contains oxytocin, a hormone associated with pain relief, orgasm, pair bonding and relaxation. Sometimes, it's even called the "cuddle hormone," Miller reports.

"Placenta is also said to contain progesterone and vitamin B6 and it is believed to be good for preventing postpartum depression, stimulating milk flow, repairing the uterus, stopping hemorrhaging and getting silkier hair," she writes.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.