In Search of Human Placentophagy: A Cross-Cultural Survey of Human Placenta Consumption, Disposal Practices, and Cultural Beliefs

Journal of Food and Nutrition Vol/Iss. 49 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Published In Pages: 467-484
By Young, Sharon M., Benyshek, Daniel C.


There are ethnographic accounts of human societies that are/were known to regularly practice placentophagy by someone other than the mother.


Only three (0.016%) of the 179 societies had references to non-maternal placentophagy.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Percentage ComparisonNot SupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Non-Maternal Placentophagy DependentChildbirth