U.K. placenta smoothie restaurant shuts down

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A U.K. cafe selling smoothies made out of raw human placenta has been shut down by the health department. The smoothie shop was opened by Kathryn Beale, a 41-year-old mother and advocate for natural birthing practices; she believes placenta is a source of nutrients and iron that can help new mothers recover from giving birth. “Pretty much every other mammal on the planet” consumes the afterbirth, she told the BBC. Her signature smoothie combines a three-inch long piece of placenta with fresh fruit. Health officials were concerned about people consuming the bacteria that can grow on placentas. Beale says she can’t afford to fight the ruling, and has agreed to close up shop.

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