Healthy Mud Pie: Ampo


Every few months, I notice a story in the press about the practice of some villagers in East Java who make a food from natural clay.  This is called ‘ampo’.  It is said to be beneficial for stomach upsets and for pregnant women.  Those who take it say that it gives a cooling feeling in their stomach.  The theory is that because different clays have varying amounts of trace elements and minerals, some can have a curative effect for particular ailments. 

In fact, clays are eaten in other cultures as well.  I have read reports of it being eaten in Africa and there were many reports and pictures of clay biscuits being made in Haiti during the earthquake crisis.  Of course, mud baths are a well known treatment in the spas of Europe and in Japan and China.

Here is a lady sampling the finished product:

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