Contact Us

Wait… Boogers Can Be Good For You?

Picking Nose
quinnums, Flickr

We have all seen it.  A child digging deep in his/her nose for treasure, only to find said treasure and put it in their mouth.  Natural reaction is to say “STOP THAT, THAT IS GROSS!”  New research shows that maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to scold.

For starters, I will agree that this is gross.  I, like most others, don’t enjoy watching someone pick their nose and eat it.  Ugghhh.  Just the thought makes me slightly ill.  That being said, here is the science behind this claim.

Scott Napper, a biochemist from the University of Saskatchewan, has theorized that nasal mucus – aka boogers – has a sugary taste that’s meant to entice children to pick them out of their nose and put them in their mouth.  Doing this might actually help introduce pathogens into the child’s immune system that will strengthen their body’s natural germ defense.  This same theory ties into child allergies.  Children raised in an environment without dirt and germs are less able to build up natural disease resistance.  Therefore, a child who is ingesting these “germs” is more likely to be able to fight them off as they age, and are less likely to become afflicted to air-born allergens.  There is a growing tendency to “pump” children with anti-biotics when they come down with anything.  Although helpful in fighting off infection, anti-biotics can be harmful to the “good germs” in the child’s system, making it harder for them to fight future illnesses.  To learn more about the “benefits” of boogers click here.

*Please do not take any of the information above as advice.  I am in no way, shape, or form a doctor/physician or have any medical expertise.  I am strictly relaying information.*

More From 101.9 KING FM

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kingfm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 101.9 KING quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on 101.9 KING quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!