Eating Your Boogers Can Actually Be Damaging To Your Health

As a parent, I feel like the phrase I utter the most is, “Don’t pick your nose and eat it!” Although children are notorious for eating their boogers, did you know that one study revealed 91% of adults admitted to being nose pickers? Although picking your nose is rather unsightly, it’s more eating those nose pickings that we’re going to talk about today.

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Firstly, those nose boogers are mostly made of water, gel-like proteins that fight off germs. However, because of these properties, boogers are actually full of harmful bacteria and viruses, including influenza. Boogers are meant to protect your body from invading germs. When you breathe in, you’re not just breathing in air. You’re also breathing in dirt, viruses, and bacteria.

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