I bet you didn’t get online today wondering if today was the day you’d find out eating boogers is good for your kids but, here we are…
Yes, experts do say that eating boogers is good for kids and I can’t help but gag.
I’d be lying if I said my kids didn’t eat their boogers because I think every single kid (including myself) has done it, at least once.
Picking your nose and “digging for gold” just seems to be fun to kids and some get curious and eat it too.
Something that I’ve caught myself yelling “STOP” to my kids on several occasions.
If you’ve always frowned upon this and have tried to discourage your child from doing it (like I have), you might want to rethink your strategy.
Scott Napper, a biochemistry professor at the University of Saskatchewan explains that boogers taste sweet, almost sugary, making them appealing to kids.
He said almost all kids try to taste things that come out of their noses, and its possible nature is trying to push them to adopt this behavior.
Do they really taste sweet?
The only way to know is if you try it yourself but before you do, you should know why boogers are good for your kids.
Scott Napper told the CBC that snot’s sugary taste may signal the body that it should be eaten, and the immune system may obtain information from its contents.
“By consuming those pathogens caught within the mucus, could that be a way to teach your immune system about what it’s surrounded with?”
An interesting thought indeed.
What makes it good then is the fact that pathogens are caught within the mucus and when a child eats their boogers, these pathogens are placed into the body. It’s a way for the body to learn how to strengthen its immunity.
Scott’s argument is that we evolved from a dirty environment and live such a sterile one now that it is actually damaging to our health.
So, the next time you want to yell STOP at your kid for eating their boogers, just think it actually may be good for their health.
Strange but it completely makes sense.
This sounds a lot like another article I just read….down to the same quotes.
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