Scientists have discovered that eating boogers is good for the teeth and even good for your health.


A team of scientists from Harvard and the University of Saskatchewan are saying that parents should not prevent their children from eating boogers because boogers contain ‘a rich reservoir of good bacteria.’

According to an article published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, eating boogers can prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth. This helps prevents the buildup of cavities.


The findings also suggest that eating boogers will even help fight respiratory infections, ulcers, and even HIV.


Right now scientists are developing synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to utilize the dental benefits of boogers.


“Nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviours, to consume different types of foods,” shared Dr. Scott Napper, professor of biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

“So maybe when you have an urge to pick your nose and eat it, you should just go with nature. From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under very dirty conditions and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviours sterile isn’t actually working to our advantage,” he went on.

Professor Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian lung specialist who contributed to the study said, “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.”


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