Enjoy! Experts Say: Kids that eat boogers are happier, healthier adults by Erin Elizabeth for Health Nut News
GNN Note – Is just me or do you find this headline hilarious? I can not quit laughing. I never in my life thought for a second that I would ever publish an article about booger eating children!!
(Editor’s Note: Yep, you read that title correctly. What do you think about this topic? Share your thoughts below.)
I don’t know about you, but I have a distinct memory of the point in my childhood where I consciously considered eating my boogers.
I couldn’t tell you if I ate them when I was a baby (I probably did, what baby doesn’t?) But I remember being a very small child and internally debating the issue. Of course, the authoritative adults in my life strongly discouraged the behavior.
Sure, it may be gross to see kids sticking their fingers up their noses and then directly into their mouths, but is it really that big of a deal? Turns out, it’s snot! (See what I did there?
In fact, could it even be healthy for kids to eat boogers?
What are Boogers, Really?
Boogers really are just clusters of mucus that gather the debris that would otherwise flow down into our lungs. Creating boogers is essentially one of the ways our body protects the respiratory system and keeps us breathing healthily and happily.
What we call ‘boogers’ is when this mucus gets pushed to the front of the nose and hardens. This is a natural process because, after all, that mucus has gotta go somewhere, doesn’t it? The mucus that doesn’t make it to the front of your nose ends up slipping down your throat. So, if you think about it, you’re already eating your boogers anyway. So could it really be so bad for kids to eat them off their fingers?
While picking their nose and eating what comes out may not be a habit you want your kids to keep, rest assured, doing so could actually be beneficial for them!