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New Study Finds That Kids Who Pick Their Noses Are Actually Healthier

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It’s been scientifically proven that 100 percent of children are disgusting creatures who all pick their noses and eat their own boogers. (OK, so maybe not all kids — but certainly my kid. My son could pick his nose anywhere, anytime. And he doesn’t give a damn who’s around while it’s happening, either.)

What has been scientifically proven, though — at least, according to one new study — is that that snot (gross as it is) may actually be good for them. In fact, kids who pick their noses may actually be healthier than those who don’t, thanks to all the good bacteria in there that apparently helps their teeth and gum health.

I’ll pause for you to dry heave alone for a moment …

All good? Great — so the research claims there is something called “salivary mucins” in snot, which essentially protects your kid’s teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Apparently, these mucins help the bacteria from sticking to their teeth whenever they eat things packed with sugar. This is also good news for parents whose children are prone to cavities (cough, me) and feel like bad parents every time they go to the dentist (cough, cough me again).

But see guys? Now, we can just tell them “eat more boogers, kids” and voila, problem solved! (Just kidding … sorta.)

If you aren’t grossed out enough already and are actually still reading this, hold onto your wine glass, ’cause it’s about to get a whole lot grosser. According to the UK-based parenting site MummyPages, the folks behind this study are looking to create a “synthetic mucus [ake fake snot] that would be marketed in the form of chewing gum or toothpaste.”

I would like to hope that the gum would be something other than “snot-flavored,” but kids seem to enjoy it so much au natural, who am I to judge?

Katharina Ribbeck, who co-authored the study, told Ozy that the fake mucin may work as a “better alternative to antibiotics as it prevents infection.” There has also been some evidence that the mucus could protect against stomach ulcers, respiratory infections, and even HIV.

It’s worth mentioning that people who pick their noses are reportedly healthier, happier, and more in tune with their bodies. And I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m pretty sure my kids get their love of nose picking from me, after all … (Case in point: While on a recent girls’ trip, I was talking to my husband late one night on the phone. Half-way through a story, he stopped me and asked, “Why does your voice sound funny? Are you picking your nose again?” I was, of course, knuckle deep. This is true love, folks.)

“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,” an Austrian lung specialist said of snot.

I think I’ll stop just short of that and leave the glory to my kids. What can I say, I’m a giver.

h/t: Mummy Pages

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