Royal Placenta: What It Is and Why You Don't Need It

Extract of afterbirth from the royal family?

A friend came back from Japan recently with a passle of interesting gifts. The one she pulled out of the bag for me was a pink foil sleeve filled with something called Queen Up Royal Placenta. There was no other English on the wrapper.

My initial reaction was revulsion. Placenta candy? Isn't placenta the lining of human uterus, sloughed off after birth?

In fact, it's often referred to as "afterbirth." My sister-in law kept hers and used it to fertilize a tree, and I've heard of hippies making a stew and eating it. But how could it be made into candy?

Although it's hard to imagine human placenta in commercially manufactured candy, placenta extracted from animal sources--principally sheep--can be found in shampoos and vitamin extracts intended for human consumption. But what the hell was in my candy?

The candy proved to be nine bright yellow orbs, which rolled around like marbles once the bag was slit. It tasted kinda little Skittles and had a similar chewy density.

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