“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone has posted a video on her vegan lifestyle web site showing how she pre-chews her food before spitting it into her baby’s mouth. You know, like a bird, only except she isn’t sharing worm bits, but rather, miso soup, collards, radish, flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori and grated daikon.
I have no idea what half of those words mean, but apparently it’s even tastier than worms, especially when it’s been pre-chewed by someone else, because, Silverstone says that her son, Bear Blu loves it: “Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Naturally, it’s all over the blogopshere today, with some bloggers pointing out that this is how some cultures feed their babies, including, says the CDC, about 14% of caregivers in the U.S.
Others, however, like a doctor who appeared on Fox News, have pointed out that “it doesn’t seem like a hygienic practice,” and warns that you could pass herpes to your baby this way. The CDC reports three cases of HIV transmission in the U.S. from parent to child via “presmastication,” or pre-chewing food.
I dunno. This is what the Cuisanart if for, right?