In Case You Were Wondering, Shailene Woodley Is Still Eating Clay

You might’ve missed it, but Shailene Woodley admitted that she enjoys eating clay back about a year ago. She told David Letterman about it, gave a few interviews, and explained how it goes in to help your system catch all that heavy metal hanging around inside. From The Guardian:

“My friend started eating it and the next day she called me and said: ‘Dude, my shit smells like metal!’ She was really worried, but we did some research together and everything said that when you first start eating clay your bowel movements, pees and even you, yourself, will smell like metal.”

The Divergent star returned to Letterman tonight and confirmed that she’s still indulging the ways of the clay diet, using the term “binding” to describe what does in your body. Poor choice of words, but does it actually help? Let’s see:

Paul Mackey, owner of Natures Cleansing Clay and the man behind the edible “living clay” product – “a green swelling” mass mined from the desert in California – says “the benefits of clay’s ‘full-body detoxification’ are nothing short of amazing. It builds one’s immune system, balances PH levels and allows the body to naturally heal itself and fight off future disease.” Mackey suggests that users take it mixed with water…

Dr David L Katz told the Huffington Post that the concept of the negative charge of clay is “meaningless”.

He says that “removing metal from the body is not necessarily good – iron, for example, is a metal and essential to health. So there could conceivably be benefits, but there could certainly be harms.”

Mackey’s retort? “Much of what it does is not totally explained scientifically, but there is some scientific explanation.” (via)

You know, I eat a lot of hot dogs and there is no scientific explanation for why they taste so good despite being made out of defeated enemies, ghosts, and goat testicles. I say eat all the clay you want, Shailene. They got hospitals for a reason. Just don’t tell Sammy Hagar why you’re doing it.