Certainly, if you could run around picking your nose and eating your boogers you’d be happy to. But where does this apply to it being healthy? Growing up, you probably grew into this habit. You found the sight of those crusty green pieces of snot a delicacy. It was so intriguing to look at like some rare gem, and even better to taste like an exotic meal. Your friends were also doing it back then, so why not.
However, you grew up and the term “gross” got associated with it. Granted, it is gross when you think about it. What could possibly be healthy about eating bacteria and germs?
Boogers originally begin as mucus, a clear slimy substance inside our nasal passage. They help keep bacteria and germs from entering the lungs. These germs, bacteria, dust and pollen are trapped when we breathe in. The mucus that moves towards the front of the nostrils by tiny hair (cilia) in the nose dry up by incoming air in the process. The dried up mucus is what we call boogers, the yummy delicacy for kids.
Why are they yummy anyway? For some reason, children enjoy it, and Scott Napper, a biochemistry professor at the University of Saskatchewan explains why. He says they taste sweet, almost sugary, and that makes them appealing to kids.
Why shouldn’t mothers be worried when their kids keep “digging for gold”?
Well, according to expert sources, it’s actually healthy to eat boogers. Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger explains that is works just like medicine.
“Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body’s immune system.
“Medically, it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a lot of bacteria is collected. And when this mixture arrives in the intestines, it works just like a medicine.”
So, even if boogers contain bacteria, they are good bacteria. Therefore, parents can encourage their children to eat theirs. It’s all up to you.
Then again, ensure you do it the right way. Let your kids use a tissue to avoid scraping the inner walls of their nostrils and hurting themselves in the process. You can also teach them how to use wipes to do the ‘digging’.
If you’re still making a face about how ‘gross’ it is, this would make you want to puke. Do you know you actually swallow your mucus (nasal secretions). You do this all the time in the day and while you’re sleeping. You’re probably doing it now! It is a part of your body fluid and has been keeping your immune system strong without you knowing.
High five, boogers!!!