So, this research is years old and I don’t know why it is being reported now but hey, here’s an ICYMI: eating boogers is good for your teeth.
As a parent, I feel I should share this, in case you’re having trouble getting your kid to stop – something I might know something about – so you can know that in the end it might not be such a bad thing.
A study from a few years ago that is for some reason drawing attention again now, found that boogers may prevent cavities when ingested (and yes, I am gagging a little as I write this), because snot contains salivary mucins which form a barrier against cavity-causing bacteria. The researchers are also looking into creating chewing gum or toothpaste with – thank GOD – synthetic mucus that the authors are engineering.
Weirdly, the UK Independent goes on to use a quote that appears to be from a 2004 article in the Weekly World News – the tabloid that invented Bat Boy – in which “Austrian Lung Specialist” “Dr. Friedrich Bischinger” says:
“And 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 great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.”
I am imagining him saying it in a German accent (und eating ze dry remains…) which makes it better for some reason.
Today is weird.
But there’s also Scott Napper, an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, who thinks boogers might be good for the immune system. I’m not sure where all that eventually led.
Anyway. Enjoy your dinner.