WASHINGTON — A study suggests that picking your nose and eating snot might be good for you.
The study was published in the American Society for Microbiology with scientists from multiple universities, including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The researchers say parents should not actively discourage kids from picking their noses because they claim eating the snot might be good for teeth and overall health.
They claim the snot is full of good bacteria and can keep bacteria from sticking to teeth. It can also help immune systems fight infections.
“Nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviors, to consume different types of foods,” said research co-author Scott Napper, who is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.
“So maybe when you have an urge to pick your nose and eat it, you should just go with nature.”
Australian lung specialist and co-author Friedrich Bischinger suggests that people who do pick their nose and eat the remains are happier and healthier.
“Medically, it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do,” Bischinger said. “In terms of the immune system, the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines, it works just like a medicine.”
But, if the thought of eating snot grosses you out, the scientists are also creating a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to recreate the unbelievable benefits so you won’t actually have to pick your nose.