According to a recent study published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, scientists at Harvard and MIT suggest eating your own boogers is good for you (plus your teeth by preventing bacteria from sticking to them), and parents shouldn't discourage their children from doing it. Unfortunately, no word if wiping your boogers on the underside of restaurant tables has any health benefits. I doubt it though, otherwise I wouldn't feel like I'm dying all the time.
The findings even suggest snot could defend against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV.
Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, who also contributed to the study, said research show people who pick their noses are healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.
"Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system," he said.
"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 great deal of bacteria are collected.
"And when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine."
And is drinking your own urine still a go too? I forgot where we landed on that. Because I feel like I could be saving a small fortune on grocery bills. Also, where do these scientists stand on eating other peoples' boogers? Is that good for you too? I'm asking for a friend. A friend I'm about to force-feed a booger.
Thanks to c, who agrees sometimes it's just better to take your chances getting sick.