Alicia Silverstone Defends Pre-Chewing Food For Son: "It's Natural"
Alicia Silverstone caused quite the Internet firestorm last month when she posted a video on her website, The Kind Life, of her spitting chewed food into her 10-month old son's mouth.
The practice — known as premastication — is often associated with birds as mama birds feed their babies in a similar way. In response to people questioning whether or not the practice was sanitary, Alicia told Entertainment Tonight that it's part of the "weaning process."
"While I'm still breast-feeding, it's just a way to introduce him to food when he doesn't have teeth," she said. "I can understand that it would make some people feel uncomfortable, possibly, because it's new to them. But I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years — still going on all over the place — and it's natural."
Alicia is a vegan and smiles when she tells ET that her son eats a lot of vegetables because of the practice and that other mothers always complain their children don't eat enough greens. Bear, on the flipside, has a diet full of "kale, seaweed and brown rice."
"My kid is healthy. My kid's the happiest baby ever," she said. "I don't regret posting the video, but I didn't expect it to do what it did."
What do you think? Is premastication healthy or a little gross?