Divergent Star Eats Clay and Thinks You Should Too

Divergent Star Eats Clay and Thinks You Should Too

Divergent was a hit film this spring...is Shailene Woodley getting fit for the sequel by eating clay?

Shailene Woodley is divergent in more than one way. The star of the hit dystopian movie Divergent admitted on David Letterman that she likes to eat naturally, and tries to have a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a teaspoon of clay per day! Woodley admitted this unusual eating habit when she appeared on David Letterman this week.

Woodley was clearly aware that her strange habit of eating clay is well … strange. She also admitted to making her own toothpaste out of the earthy substance.

"Clay binds to other materials in your body and helps your body excrete those materials —that are not necessarily the best for you," she explained in the interview.

She also said that many indigenous cultures eat clay every day. For those wondering, Woodley isn’t talking about the Play-Doh kind of clay; she means the stuff you find in the earth. Both clay and dirt are types of soil, but they aren’t the same thing. Clay is a hard, solid mass of earth, while dirt is looser and contains other particles. 

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