Ever since Alicia Silverstone rolled with the homies in "Clueless," I've been a fan. So when I wanted to eat healthier, her conversational book about eating a plant-based diet, The Kind Diet, was one I picked up. I even took her recommendations for products made without certain chemicals. But her latest foray into healthy living is where I have to draw the line: The sunshine-y actress has posted a video of her feeding food she'd already chewed to her 10 month-old son Bear Blu via mouth. Yeah, it's kinda ... odd.
In Alicia's defense, the food does sound very nutritious -- if not tasty -- to those of us accustomed to a less clean diet. "I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum!" Alicia wrote on her website The Kind Life. "I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It's his favorite...and mine."
Over at Fox411's Pop Tarts, two so-called experts were already debating whether the method was safe. It's at least questionable, according to Dr. Jennifer Landa, chief medical officer of the hormone replacement center BodyLogicMD in Irvine, California. "There are those who think that a mom chewing a baby's food provides helpful enzymes from her mouth but it doesn't seem like a hygienic practice," she said. "Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby. These microbes present a challenge that the infant's immune system may not be ready for."
But family therapist Melody Brooke, who's based in Dallas, disagreed. "A lot of moms chew a portion of their baby's food; it's often a very natural transition. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, it just looks really weird." I still love you, Alicia, but that's oh-so true!
Speaking of weird, "Mad Men's" January Jones also recently confessed to an unusual practice that she's taken up since giving birth to her little guy, Xander, in September: eating daily capsules of her placenta . "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins," Jones told People. "It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas."
Ew. Anybody hungry about now?
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