Eating a side of a certain kind of dirt with your dinner might help to prevent obesity by flushing fat out of your system, new research suggests.
Australian researchers found that obese rats that ate a certain kind of clay shed more pounds than those that were given a weight-loss drug, a new study reveals.
‘Go eat dirt’ is not a new phrase – or phenomenon.
There are records of ancient Greeks who looked at the ground beneath their feet and decided, ‘that looks like a snack.’
And celebrities like Shailene Woodley and Elle Macphereson have brought this unlikely nutrition trend back from ancient times, eating clay for detoxes.
In an unusual turn of events, the new scientific research suggests they might be onto something: an unlikely way to fight obesity.
For the most part radical diets and cleanses are as crazy as they seem: cabbage cleanses, soy sauce detoxes and turpentine ‘treatments’ are all dangerous and can even turn deadly.
But supplementing your diet with dirt, of all things, might actually be beneficial.
Throughout history and certain cultures, people have indulged the rather strange urge to eat dirt.
The practice – called geophagy – is most common among pregnant women and, of course, children.
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, described pregnant women consuming soil, and suggested that their children would follow suit.
And the practice has been reported on every continent in the world.
Many cultures – including the majority of the US – file it under disordered eating of non-food things, known as Pica.